News and Events

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop's Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development write the EPA

5/29/14 - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urging that the new carbon pollution rules on existing power plants should “protect the health and welfare of all people, especially children, the elderly, as well as poor and vulnerable communities from harmful pollution emitted from power plants and from the impacts of climate change.” Read the Press Release here.

Saint Mary's joins the Rachel Carson Campus Network

Saint Mary's joins the Rachel Carson Campus Network (RCC) along with four other college campuses. Rachel Carson, famous for her best-selling environmental writing, created a growing network of concerned and caring campus environmentalists.  The Rachel Carson Council carries on Rachel Carson's legacy and has begun to build today's network of Rachel Carson Campuses. The RCC network also documents Robert Musil's visit and luncheon speech on their "Campus West Coast Tour"  page, where Musil was invited to Saint Mary's College of California for the third time.

St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor

Saint Mary’s College has become a partner in the Catholic Climate Covenant by endorsing the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor. The Catholic Climate Covenant is a coalition that includes 24 Catholic universities and colleges, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and the Lasallian Association of College and University Presidents, among others. 

President Donahue endorsed the St. Francis Pledge on the recommendation of the College Sustainability Committee as a formal expression of the College’s mission-based commitment to care for creation and for those most vulnerable to the threats of climate change. In fidelity to the St. Francis Pledge, members of the Saint Mary’s community are invited to participate as they are personally guided in any or all of the following activities:

  •     PRAY and reflect on the duty to care for God’s Creation and protect the poor and vulnerable.
  •     LEARN about and educate others on the causes and moral dimensions of climate change.
  •     ASSESS how we-as individuals and in our families, parishes and other affiliations-contribute to climate change by our own energy use, consumption, waste, etc.
  •     ACT to change our choices and behaviors to reduce the ways we contribute to climate change.
  •     ADVOCATE for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions, especially as they impact those who are poor and vulnerable.