By Jackie Laughlin, The Creightonian
Among many events and initiatives that Creighton Students Union worked on this summer, the implementation of sustainability on campus were the most abundant. The plans for sustainability initiatives did not stop with the beginning of school. CSU is also planning their first Farmer’s Market to take place over Family Weekend on Sept. 20 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in Anderson Plaza.
According to Donna Shahbazi, president of CSU, the market is a sustainability initiative from the Board of Representatives in which fresh and organic food from local vendors will be brought to campus. Shahbazi said that the organization is also continuing to push forward the asks of the Creighton Climate Justice movement. “One of those asks is that the University divest their endowment from the fossil fuel industry. Members on our Board of Representatives are writing a Divestment Referendum that will be up for an internal CSU vote this month,” she said.
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Photo: Creighton University’s 85-kilowatt parking lot solar canopy off Cuming Street.
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Save the Date! October 8, 2019: Our speaker will be Tyler Mainquist, CFP®, ChFC®, CAP®, CLTC Financial Advisor, Central Financial Services, Lincoln.
Align Your Principal with Your Principles – Investing in a Clean Energy Economy
This presentation will provide practical methods for implementing sustainable, responsible and impact (SRI) investing — including how to avoid carbon-intensive and other polluting industries, and instead support companies that are working to reduce, mitigate, and/or adapt to our changing global climate. Additional material will cover recent updates re: comparisons against traditional investing, as well as the use of companies’ ESG (environmental, social, governance) data to reduce financial risk by avoiding bad corporate behavior.
Co-sponsored by Green Bellevue, Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light, Conservation Nebraska, Nebraska Sierra Club, OTOC’s Environmental Sustainability Action Team
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