Curious about what we do or have done around the CSJ campus and beyond for sustainability? Watch this video for more information.
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.
A brief history of our environmental sustainability work and Laudato Si’:
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.
The Earth Partners Working Group of the Justice Commission is discussed Paul Hawken’s New York Times Bestseller, Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. In this incredible book, Hawken and his team of seventy Drawdown Fellows from twenty-two countries lay out the eighty most impactful actions we can take to reach ‘drawdown,’ the technical term designating the point in time at which greenhouse gasses peak and then will begin to decline.
Surprisingly, actions related to food production, consumption and waste make up four of the top eleven most impactful actions to reverse global warming of the eighty identified in the book. For our part, Earth Partners is learning more about the huge connection between food and global warming. We are discussing and assessing how changing behavior both individually and collectively around food might be a courageous action to reverse global warming.
By far, the most impactful action regarding food that will impact global warming is reducing our food waste (Ranked number 3 of the 80 possible actions). Hawken highlights the following data:
These statistics and the world’s hungry compel us to consider our own food waste and how we might waste less. What decisions can we make individually and collectively to address reducing our food waste? We encourage you to read Drawdown and join us in reducing food waste to positively impact climate change.
You can also learn what you can do about food waste. Use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Food: Too good to Waste” toolkit to measure how much food is really going to waste in your household and ways to reduce food waste at home and in your community. https://www.epa.gov/recycle/reducing-wasted-food-home#toolkit.
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.
For more information contact Cheryl Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or 651.690.7057.