Renewing the Campus

Sustainability and the Catholic University

A national conference hosted by the University of Notre Dame
October 9-11, 2009

Renewing the Campus was the first conference dedicated to enhancing understanding, activism, and cooperation among Catholic universities in the area of sustainability. Over 200 faculty, administrators, and students from 45 universities across the country participated. The conference was organized by Rachel Novick (Director of the Minor in Sustainability at Notre Dame) and a planning committee of students, faculty, and members of the Office of Sustainability.

To see videos of the keynote addresses or to download the PowerPoint presentations, please click the links below.


PowerPoint Presentations
Plenary Speakers
Conference Rationale

Conference Co-Sponsors:

This conference was made possible by a grant from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts and by the generosity of the following co-sponsors:

Center for Social Concerns
College of Science
CSO Architects, Inc.
Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism
Department of Theology
Energy Center
Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity
Graduate School
Haws Corporation
Institute for Church Life
Kosinski Architecture, Inc.
Mendoza College of Business
Office of the President
Program in Catholic Social Tradition
School of Architecture
Shiel Sexton Company

“Solidarity…is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.” – Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter on Social Concern, December 1987

“As Christians…we need to recognize and accept the intimate ethical and deeply religious implications of climate change. It is a matter of justice, it is a matter of equity, and it is a matter of love: love for God the Almighty, love for the neighbor, love for creation.” – Lic. Elias Abramides, speaking for the World Council of Churches at the Pontifical Council on Climate Change and Development, April 2007