For in Christ all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible... (Col. 1:16)
Across the world, societies are wrestling with how to live with greater respect for their environments. This is, at its core, a matter of faith. As Pope Francis wrote in Laudato 'si, "human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbour and with the earth itself" (ch. 2, II.66).
The Seminary has committed to work toward diminishing its environmental impact and increasing environmental sustainability. VTS already has made significant strides through its construction of new buildings that are LEEDS certified and through its heating and air conditioning system that has reduced water and fuel usage significantly.
CCE supports VTS’s ecological, green, and sustainability initiatives through collaboration with other departments and through external partnerships. Currently, CCE is advancing VTS’s participation in AASHE (the American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education) and in the Green Seminaries Initiative. CCE also provides direction and support for the following campus initiatives led by groups of students, staff, and faculty:
- Vegetable, herb, and "you-pick" flower gardens
- Tree planting
- Composting of kitchen and yard waste
- Solar power installations
Students and faculty at VTS are encouraged to participate in environmental sustainability efforts and to help position the Seminary to become an example and a learning station for schools, congregations, and civic leaders regarding land and building use.
See what geen things are happening on campus!