Laudato Si' Action Platform

Laudato Si’ Action Platform and SU’s commitment to sustainability and environmental justice

In response to Pope Francis’s invitation to universities, Seattle University’s President Peñalver signed a letter of commitment in September 2021 for the “Seven-Year Journey Towards Integral Ecology” and the Laudato Si’ Action Platform (LSAP). President Peñalver appointed Dr. Jeanette Rodriguez, Professor and Executive Director for ICTC, as the steering committee chair. The work of the LSAP steering committee is also a part of the Foundational Goal for SU’s Reigniting Our Strategic Directions.

Over the past decade, Seattle University has made significant commitments and taken subsequent action to embed sustainability in the long-term development of the university: From signing on to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2007, creating a Climate Action plan (2010) and establishing the President’s Committee for Sustainability (PCS—2011) to developing a Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS—2013), committing to divestment from fossil fuels (2018) and setting an institutional vision “to become a leader in environmental sustainability that is socially just” (Strategic Directions 2020-2025). Since 2016, SU has joined the 1000+ universities and colleges that use the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). STARS facilitates the assessment of our campus’s sustainability performance and our contribution to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals through operations, programs, actions, and policies.

Seattle University and Laudato Si'