Broadly defined, sustainability means meeting society's present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
As a Catholic, Benedictine institution, the College of Saint Benedict accepts that all creation is a gift; in exchange we are expected to care for creation and provide stewardship for the entire community of life on Earth. Our commitment to this stewardship, by definition, incorporates the principles of sustainability: our actions should be ecologically sound, socially just, and economically viable today and should continue to be so for future generations.
As an institution committed to the Benedictine tradition and the principles of sustainability, we work to emphasize and embed these concepts into our educational mission, the operation of the physical campus, and our outreach to communities beyond the college.
Featured Upcoming Event
The CSB Sustainability Office presents the local premiere of
“The Eagle & The Condor: From Standing Rock with Love”
in recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2018
Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m.
Gorecki Dining & Conference Center, Room 204
This film was made by Kahsto’sera’a Paulette Moore, a female filmmaker with a Master’s in Conflict Transformation. She primarily works with Indigenous communities, in an effort to “tell stories of resilience, resistance, envisioning and abundance.” Paulette has ties to St. Joseph through Danielle Taylor, and we have premiered at least one of her films at CSB in the past.
“[The Eagle and The Condor] features the stories of the resilience and resistance of modern Indigenous people in the face of extractive industry. This story is of crucial importance to us all, left standing, as we are, in the rubble of our broken economic, cultural and political systems. The film features pediatrician Dr. Sara Juanita Jumping Eagle (Dakota/Lakota, Standing Rock), canupa (pipe) carrier Grandmother Theresa Black Owl (Singugu/Rosebud), economist, author and pipeline activist Winona LaDuke (Ojibwe), journalist Jenni Monet (Laguna Pueblo), The Intercept reporter Will Parrish, Wisconsin alderperson Rebecca Kemble and others. The larger context of the film is the historic unification of Indigenous nations at Standing Rock protection actions in 2016/17 — when the Lakota people reignited their Seven-Council-Fire and where Central and South American nations, represented by the condor, joined forces with their North American brothers and sisters, symbolized by the eagle.” – Paulette Moore
Please join our community for this free event – everyone is welcome!