timeless values of St. Vincent de
Paul (1581-1660), the patron saint of
Christian charity and founder of the Vincentian
community, inspire St. John’s Vincentian teachings
and policy on sustainability. As a Vincentian university, St.
John’s emphasizes respect for the individual, service to the needy,
human solidarity and adherence to the belief that giving of one’s
self along with conservation of natural resources on which life
depends, helps build a more sustainable future.
Consequently, a St. John’s education encompasses
both academic study including local and global environmental issues
along with direct, shared experience in helping those less
fortunate. For example, our curriculum includes "academic centers
of excellence" that emphasize research into the mechanisms of
sustainable global development and social justice. What’s more, we
actively involve students in volunteering, mentoring and "service
learning" programs that extend across our campuses and around the
The following statements affirm St. John’s
commitment in building a more sustainable future through service,
learning and environmental stewardship:
- By working with faculty and the Sustainability
Committee members, we continue to develop and expand our curriculum
to provide our students with in classroom and out of classroom
education and experiences that link environmental awareness to the
student’s educational discipline.
- We seek to support scholarship that advances our
understanding and practice of sustainability.
- We foster individual and institutional
environmental responsibility across the entire campus
- We seek ways to partner with local communities,
farmers, businesses, governments and non-profit organizations that
share the interest in building a more sustainable future.
- We assist St. John’s Bread & Life
and other non-governmental organizations that seek to
provide basic services that feed body, mind and spirit.
- We support student government, student clubs and
student worker initiatives that focus on changing the culture to
build a more sustainable future.
In adopting this policy, St. John’s
further acknowledges its leadership and commitment to the practical
application of sustainability by:
- Integrating sustainable practices into the daily
administration and operation of the University.
- Providing a voice for sustainability in the
development of strategic planning and capital expenditures.
- Encouraging the University community to build
upon this policy statement by identifying opportunities,
formulating strategies, and implementing initiatives to further the
move toward building a more sustainable future.