Our Institutional Commitments

Climate Commitment

Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitments: Climate Commitment

In October 2015, President Hinton signed onto the Climate Commitment, pledging to develop and progress on a comprehensive Climate Action Plan that will position CSB to achieve carbon neutrality, as well as to complete a resilience assessment and take joint campus-community action to strengthen resilience.

Under President MaryAnn Baenninger, CSB became a charter signatory of the original American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment in 2007.

We Are Still In

We Are Still In

In June 2017, President Hinton reaffirmed CSB's existing commitment to reducing carbon emissions by joining the bipartisan coalition of businesses, mayors and governors, university presidents, faith leaders, tribal leaders, and cultural institutions promising to world leaders that Americans would not retreat from the global pact to reduce emissions and stem the causes of climate change.

Our Climate

Higher Education Carbon Pricing Endorsement Initiative

In April 2018, with urging from passionate and well-informed students, President Hinton signed onto the endorsement letter and "call[ed] upon our elected representatives to act collectively on behalf of current and future generations by putting a price on carbon."

Catholic Climate Covenant

Catholic Climate Covenant

CSB was the first college in Minnesota to pledge to live the vision of Pope Francis's Laudato Si', which calls for urgent action on climate change and invites everyone to care for Earth, our common home.

Commitment to Sustainability, 2013

As institutions of higher education, we strive to prepare students to be responsible citizens equipped to meet the social, ethical, local and global challenges of today. As Catholic, Benedictine institutions, we take seriously our responsibility to be stewards for the entire community of life on Earth now and into the future. To achieve these goals, we are dedicated to creating a culture of sustainability at College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University.

To this end, we will continue to:

  • Commit ourselves to the principles of sustainability: our actions should be ecologically sound, socially just, and economically viable today and for future generations
  • Seek a leadership role exercising these principles in academics, operations and outreach
  • Strive to reflect the virtues of humility, stability and frugality within our institutional practices
  • Honor our dedication to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment signed in 2007 and the Catholic Climate Covenant signed in 2012, and
  • Endeavor to integrate sustainability into all facets of campus life.

We make this commitment on Earth Day, April 22, 2013.

MaryAnn Baenninger
President, College of Saint Benedict
Michael Hemesath
President, Saint John's University