Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.Philippians 3:17

Table of Contents:

Getting Started: Developing Sustainability Policies
Becoming More Sustainable
Sharing Your Sustainability Success
Examples of Communication Strategies

In our efforts to teach and preach creation care, we also must take concrete action.  Below find several resources to assist you in making your campus more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Getting Started: Developing Sustainability Policies
  • In order for a seminary to successfully implement and sustain a comprehensive program of campus sustainability that is grounded in scripture, it is necessary to articulate the components of the initiative, why they are important and how and by whom they will be implemented. This can be accomplished through the creation of a formal environmental or sustainability policy that is endorsed by the highest level of leadership and widely published throughout the institution.

A seminary’s overall sustainability policy should evolve from, and be an extension of, the vision for scripture-based sustainability discussed above.

Specific policies can address and provide guidelines for:

  • Waste management
  • Energy management
  • Water management
  • Food systems
  • Toxic materials
  •  Purchasing
  • Building design, construction and renovation
  • Housekeeping and maintenance
  • Transportation
  • Groundskeeping/landscaping
Becoming More Sustainable
Sharing your sustainability success

Description: The following comes from Environmental Sustainability: Getting Started Guide

The successful development, implementation and maintenance of an environmental sustainability program grounded in scripture provides your seminary with an opportunity to share this work with the board and sponsor, the public and the larger community.  One effective means by which some organizations carry this out is through the development of a communication plan.

To see examples of sustainability communications strategies, visit:

Boston College
College of St. Benedict / St. John’s University
The University of Notre Dame
Santa Clara University