Earth Partners and Environmental Justice

2023 Eco-Challenge

Plastics Free July

Participate in the CSJ July Eco-challenge of reducing our use of plastics. Learn more about the challenge, the CSJ advocacy for a UN Plastics Treaty & Plastic Free July ® events such as our program on Wed., August 23 at 10:30 A.M. in the Carondelet Village Auditorium for “The Story of Stuff” and ways to reduce our use of plastics by the Carondelet Village Justice Seekers’ Environmental Subcommittee.

Join us in the 2023 Eco-Challenge!When you’ve completed the challenge, share the badge, and invite your friends to participate!

Current CSJ Sustainability Practices

 Curious about what we do or have done around the CSJ campus and beyond for sustainability? Watch this video for more information. 


Laudato Si’

A brief history of our environmental sustainability work and Laudato Si’:

  • Formal commitments to care for the Earth at all our congregational chapters in the past 32 years
  • 1996: Earth Partners Working Group (originally Environmental Working Group) founded in St. Paul Province
  • 2015: Pope Francis issues Laudato Si’
  • 2019: St Paul Province Environmental Sustainability Plan approved
  • 2021: Vatican launches Laudato Si’ Action Platform
  • 2021: Congregational Laudato Si’ Action Plan Committee develops plan for implementation
  • Our commitment to the Laudato Si’ Action Platform is expressed in our Carondelet Laudato Si’ Action Plan
  • We join with the Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development and Laudato Si’ movement to implement targets for the seven Laudato Si’ goals through four types of actions:
    • Sustainability: a combination of changing our practices, simplifying our lifestyle, and moving to carbon neutrality
    • Spirituality: recovering a religious vision of God’s creation
    • Advocacy: addressing sustainability at local, state, national and international levels
    • Social action: influencing public and private sector decision makers and swaying public opinion

We commit to SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant/realistic, timebound) targets that will help us measure the impact of our communion with Earth and the dear neighbor for the sustainability of our planet.

St. Kate’s/CSJ Food Access Hub

The St. Kate’s/CSJ Food Access Hub (formerly known as the St. Kate’s/CSJ Food Shelf) is a collaboration between the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) and St. Catherine University to address food insecurity, nutrition, and personal wellness needs within and beyond the St. Kate’s and CSJ communities. The Food Access Hub encompasses the food shelf at 1890 Randolph Ave. and a network of community gardens, and supports several different sustainability initiatives on both campuses.


Mission and Goals

Earth Partner Mission: To raise awareness of the interconnectedness of all of creation and change behavior, individually and collectively, for the life of the planet.


  • Engage in and support the Congregational Laudato Si’ Action Plan, which is part of the Vatican’s larger Laudato Si’ Action Platform. 
  • Collaborate with other groups internally and externally to offer programs, education and advocacy opportunities. 
  • Support CSJ environmental sustainability engagement at St. Kate’s, including the Food Insecurity and Waste Committee, the NIFA collaboration, continued support of the food shelf, and other projects. Much of this work has been initiated and sustained through Celeste’s Dream. 
  • Engage the larger local food justice ecosystem around advocacy, policy, racial justice – for example, the Metro Food Justice Network (MFJN), Women’s Environmental Institute, Dream of Wild Health, and Land Stewardship Project.  

Learn more about our Ecology Reflections and Resources.

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