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'

  • Coming soon: SU’s LSAP Action Plan!
  • Watch the recording of the Strategic Directions Forum: Laudato Si' Action Platform to hear an overview of the Laudato Si’ encyclical and the SU Baseline Report
  • Watch SU’s Reflection Video. Thank you to Sofia Cofinas (LSAP student rep and ICTC Communication and Program Assistant) for taking the lead on this project!

  • Read Laudato Si'

    Read Laudato Si'

    Download the entire text of Laudato Si' from the Vatican’s website

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  • Laudato Si' Infographic

    Laudato Si' Infographic

    Download an infographic for Laudato Si', designed by Jessica Palmer for the Earth, Spirituality and Justice course in the fall of 2015

  • Edible Campus Map

    Edible Campus Map

    Download a copy of the Seattle University Edible Campus Map

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  • Trees of SU

    Trees of SU

    Download a map and learn more about the trees on Seattle University’s campus

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  • Earth Month and Earth Talks 2022

    Earth Month and Earth Talks 2022

    Learn more about the annual Earth Month events coordinated by SU’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

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