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Marquette University is committed to sustainability and environmental justice. Our Jesuit mission and Catholic social teachings compel us to care for others and the environment through sustainability. Putting into practice our commitment requires navigating exciting opportunities and realistic challenges.
In January 2023, Marquette University's President launched the Laudato Si Action Planning Task Force to develop a new strategic sustainability plan using the seven Laudato Si goals as framework. Read his letter to the community stating Marquette's commitment to the Seven Year Journey to Integral Ecology and the seven goals of Laudato Si. Read President Lovell's commitment to Laudato Si on behalf of Marquette University.
This map was created by sustainability intern Alvaro Clara 23'.
Marquette University is also a proud member of AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and the U.S. Green Bulding Coucil.
In 2022, Marquette University received a STARS Bronze rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. You can review the full STARS report here.
Marquette University was named in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2023 Edition. The university received a Green Rating of 88/99 for the 2022 guide.
In 2015, President Michael R. Lovell joined over 75 institutions in signing the St. Francis Pledge (now known as the St. Francis/Laudato Si Pledge).
This pledge affirms that Marquette University will:
Marquette University acknowledges that our campus and Milwaukee are the homelands and waters of the Menominee, Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, Fox, Mascouten, Sauk and Ojibwe nations, who have known this land and water as a relative for millennia and who remain our hosts on the land today. We also acknowledge that Milwaukee is located along the southwest shores of Michigami (meaning “big water” in Anishinaabemowin), where the Milwaukee River, Menomonee River, and Kinnickinnic River meet. We remember that Milwaukee is covered by the 1833 Treaty of Chicago signed by the United States and Potawatomi and acknowledge it cleaved and dispersed this tribal nation through removal. We also acknowledge the presence of tribal members from Wisconsin sovereign nations in Milwaukee, including the Oneida Nation, Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohicans, Brothertown Nation and Ojibwe Nations – namely, the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Sokaogan Chippewa Community and St. Croix Chippewa Indians. We further understand and honor that the greater Milwaukee area is home to a large, resurging urban Indian community that includes diasporic Indigenous peoples from around North America, as well as from the Global South, the Pacific, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Marquette University further acknowledges and pays respect to the elders and ancestors past, present and emerging whose histories, knowledge and cultural traditions have shaped the land and water of the greater Milwaukee area and can enrich practices around its stewardship. We affirm our commitment to practice ongoing good relations with the land and water and with sovereign Indigenous Nations that caretake them. In acknowledging the long-held relationships fostered by these lands and waters, we seek to strengthen and recommit ourselves to ongoing and future kinship responsibilities with each other and the Earth. In the spirit of reconciliation, we can authentically attend to and create the conditions of hospitality for current Indigenous students and community members and all yet to walk with us.