Saint Anselm College has endorsed the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor, an outreach effort led by the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change.
Brian Penney, a biology professor who heads the college’s environmental stewardship committee, says that the commitment provides a framework for looking at its environmental impact as a social justice issue.
“Because environmental issues disproportionately affect people in developing nations and on the lower rungs of the socioeconomic scale, we have to start looking at our environmental practices differently,” he says. “This pledge casts attention on the small actions that we make on a day-to-day basis that build up to affect the health of the planet,” he says.
The pledge also underscores the progress Saint Anselm College has made recently to move in a more environmentally sustainable direction. Electrical adjustments have resulted in significant energy savings. Recycling has increased, and the college is on target to reach full recycling by 2013.