At Holy Cross, sustainability isn’t a buzzword — it’s our collective responsibility. Safeguarding the environment for future generations reflects our Jesuit mission. We embrace this challenge at all levels of our institution — from College-wide initiatives that reduce electrical usage to student-driven programs that promote climate-friendly practices.

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Commitment to Sustainability
An Environmentally Responsible College

For the 12th consecutive year, Holy Cross has been included in the Princeton Review's "Guide to Green Colleges."

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Carbon Commitment

In 2007, former president Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., signed Second Nature's Carbon Commitment, agreeing to work toward carbon neutrality by 2040.

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Recycling and Waste Reduction

The Holy Cross community diverts waste through reuse, recycling, compost, and donations.

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Get Involved

Find ways to enact positive environmental change, both on campus and in the world.

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Holy Cross Green Fund

Established and directed by students, the Holy Cross Green Fund offers grant funding to projects that positively impact the environment and Holy Cross students.

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Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability provides centralized coordination, accountability, and encouragement to foster environmental sustainability.

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Presidential Task Force on the Environment

Formed in 2007, this multi-departmental task force makes campuswide recommendations to advance campus sustainability.

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Sustainability in Dining

Dedicated to exceptional service, Dining Services sources food and beverages locally, reduces waste, and collaborates with the community.

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Sustainability at Holy Cross Blog

This blog offers information and news about sustainability across the Holy Cross community.

Academic Programs

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Environmental Studies

Investigates local, national and global contemporary and past environmental issues through a multi-disciplinary study of culture, art, economics, history, biology, and the physical sciences.

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Explores our Earth’s complex systems and the relationships between the solid earth, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere.

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Students will find courses in environmental science, marine biology, toxicology, and field biology, studying life and living organisms.

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The Natural World Cluster in Montserrat

First-year students explore humans' relationship with the natural world by linking seminar and cocurricular activities.