Center for Eco-Stewardship | Benedictine College

Center for Eco-Stewardship

The Center for Eco-Stewardship at Benedictine College exists to meet the unprecedented ecological crisis facing our world today. Consistent with Catholic social teaching’s emphasis that both the created world and the most vulnerable of society are a gift from God to be cherished and cared for, our vision is one of an “integral ecology.”

Conscious of Pope Francis’s teaching that we cannot hear the cry of nature when we fail to acknowledge the dignity of persons, this holistic approach advanced by recent popes brings together concern for conservation and development of the natural world (environmental ecology) with an emphasis on the place and responsibility of the human person within creation (human ecology).

Following the Transforming Culture in America Strategic Plan, the Center for Eco-Stewardship provides for the following key areas of Formation, Extension and Profession.

Formation

  • The Center for Eco-Stewardship attracts students who are interested in undertaking sustainability work related to Eco-Stewardship, beginning with a recognition of human dignity and our grave responsibility to care for Creation.
  • The Center for Eco-Stewardship is developing an interdisciplinary minor in Environmental Studies at Benedictine to train the next generation of environmental leaders. The minor will garner wide interest through its two tracks in the fields of science/technology and the humanities.
  • The Center sponsors opportunities for students to attend national and regional conferences organized around issues of eco-stewardship and Catholic thought.

Extension

  • Students will gain valuable skills in applying academic learning to address community needs.
  • To cultivate an environmentally literate citizenry, the Center will develop educational materials that properly frame the difficult and contentious issues surrounding climate change, human dignity, and other matters related to care for our planet.
  • The Center hosts speakers and provide programming for the local community that will invite others to take responsibility for finding and enacting solutions.

Profession

  • The Center for Eco-stewardship serves as a networking venue for graduates to find employment in the public and private sectors, research and environmental policy/advocacy. 
  • The Center for Eco-Stewardship will provide students with hands-on opportunities to get involved with and foster properly ordered environmental initiatives.

Leadership

Dr. Patrisha Bugayong, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Dr. Matthew Ramage, Professor of Theology, serve as the founding directors of the Center for Eco-Stewardship.

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