- Purple Goes Green (PDF)
Thank you for your interest in this Green Guide! Like most Holy Cross community members, you are taking the initiative to learn more about sustainability and improve your environmental impact.
Through administrative initiatives and simple changes students and employees are making in their daily habits, Holy Cross is striving to become a more sustainable, environmentally conscious college. This guide is a resource for all members of the campus community to improve the environmental stewardship and consciousness in their own lives.
In 2007, Holy Cross signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, agreeing to reduce our carbon emissions over the coming decades, and to become carbon neutral by 2040. With the help of this guide, students, faculty, and staff can reduce their carbon footprints, while helping to reduce the College’s overall footprint. Through cumulative effort, the Holy Cross community can take part in restoring the Earth’s health.
As a Jesuit institution, Holy Cross especially has the moral responsibility to acknowledge the global consequences of our actions. Climate change makes people more vulnerable to food shortages, harsh weather conditions, and limited access to clean drinking water. By reducing our energy waste and adopting more sustainable habits, community members are living the Holy Cross mission.
We hope that you will take the time to read this guide and apply its tips to your daily actions to live, work, eat, travel, and shop sustainably. We also hope this guide inspires you to live sustainably beyond Holy Cross. Remember, no matter where life takes you, it is always important to live sustainably.