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Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability provides centralized coordination, encouragement, and accountability to foster environmental stewardship in the Holy Cross community. 

In 2007, Holy Cross embarked on a journey to bring its carbon emissions from 23,056 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCDE) down to net zero. We support this effort by strategically coordinating campus-wide practices, policies, and initiatives. We track the College’s progress by reporting our greenhouse gas inventory externally and internally. We partner with community members across campus to implement ideas that encourage lasting environmental stewardship. 

Contact the director of sustainability, Cathy Liebowitz, to collaborate on environmental projects or to ask questions about Holy Cross’ Carbon Commitment.

Coordination

Groups and individuals take environmental action everyday. We bring these different stakeholders together to maximize the College's resources, time, and people-power for the purpose of environmental progress. Join our campus network through the Carbon Commitment Google Group

Encouragement

Recognizing that environmental stewardship takes a community-wide effort, the Office of Sustainability collaborates and supports individuals and groups across campus to implement ideas that offer lasting environonmental change.  For instance, we've been involved with:

  • Course development, such as resource compilation for the Environmental Studies faculty

  • Co-curricular learning, for example the Healthcare Goes Green web series or the Civitas Community Engagement & Leadership Institute

  • Events, like the seven-day Love Yourself Wellness Challenge or Purple Goes Green Week

  • Public engagement, for instance Johns Hopkins University's Waste Less Wednesdays

  • Professional development, such as a sustainable opportunities discussion with the admissions team

  • Operational changes, like local food purchasing in Holy Cross' dining facilities.

Accountability

In compliance with the Carbon Commitment, Holy Cross submits a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory to Second Nature. This reporting process transparently demonstrates the College’s progress and provides Holy Cross an opportunity to assess current efforts and realign work to maximize impact.

In addition, the Office of Sustainability also maintains a public inventory of infrastructure projects and carbon emission sources so our community can use the data in their research, classes, and advocacy.