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Rosemont College joined the Catholic Climate Committee in 2011 after concluding our membership in the National College Presidents’ Climate Committee from its beginning in 2007. The goals of the CCCC, a national organization of Colleges, Universities, companies and individuals are: Pray, Learn, Act, Assess and Advocate for sustainable practice in our environment. Rosemont College’s mission also calls the College to “Care for the Earth as our common home.”

Membership includes: President of the College, Vice President for Mission/Ministry, Director of Facilities, Director of Food Service, Director of Resident Life, Assistant Director of Student Life and Engagement, representative of the Institute for Ethical leadership and Social Responsibility, two Faculty members, three student representatives, including President of Rose Grow, the student Sustainability Club.

The committee meets monthly and plans projects and activities to promote awareness and direct action steps to increase sustainable practices on campus. A major goal of the committee for next year 20018-2019 is to create a Master Plan for Sustainability on the Campus of Rosemont College. Tasks will include:

  • Activate the Catholic Climate Covenant Committee to reach this goal
  • Involve the Rose Grow Student Committee in attaining this goal
  • Include UC professors of sustainability courses in designing plan
  • Establish a schedule for Rosemont College’s Observance of Earth Day including the sophomore class tradition of planting a tree on campus
  • Design a sustainable landscaping plan for storm/water run-off areas on campus (estimate has been given)
  • Design and implement plans for healthy campus pond and streams
  • Complete the reconstruction of the campus greenhouse
  • Enable Residence Life staff to maintain the spring Recycle Mania project in residence halls throughout the year
  • Investigate visiting neighboring College campuses to study their bee-hive projects
  • Fund the process to become a Tree USA Campus
  • Initiate a UC student-run campus garden behind Gracemere House
  • Review UC Curriculum re Courses on Sustainability to establish major and minor in field
  • Review the College Facility Company’s plan for sustainability practice re recycling, use of “green” materials etc. (Aramark Company)
  • Review the College Food Service’s plan for sustainability practice re food waste, recycling, reduced use of plastics, elimination of plastic straws, distribution of food not used at catering events, and use of water hydration station etc. (Parkhurst)