Adrian Dominican Sisters Campus
Ecological Sustainability Policy
Adopted September 2005

Preamble

We organize ourselves for the sake of the mission … to enter into the mission of Jesus as we interpret it responsibly for our times.

Adrian Dominican Constitution and Statutes , p. 44

We Dominican preachers of Adrian impelled by the Gospel and outraged by the injustices of our day seek truth, make peace, reverence life. Stirred by the Wisdom of God and rooted in our contemplative prayer, communal study and life in community, we challenge heresies of local and global domination, exploitation and greed that privilege some, dehumanize others, and ravage Earth.

General Chapter Vision 2004

Today, the ecological crisis has assumed such proportions as to be the responsibility of everyone … there is an order in the universe which must be respected, and that the human person endowed with the capability of choosing freely, has a grave responsibility to preserve this order for the well-being of future generations. I wish to repeat that the ecological crisis is a moral issue.

Pope John Paul II, The Ecological Crisis: A Common Responsibility,
January 1, 1990

… in the midst of magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny.

The Earth Charter

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility .

Rachel Carson

Policy

Guided and informed by the principles articulated in the Preamble, and in order to take seriously our call to live right relationships with Earth Community, we set forth these elements of our Ecological Sustainability Policy for the Adrian Dominican Sisters Motherhouse Campus:

  • to reverence and protect the natural beauty and healing capacities of our campus
  • to honor our basic partnership with all creation and deepen our commitment to promote both biological and cultural diversity
  • to reverence air, water and soil as the common and universal basis for all life
  • to focus energy and resources, including finances, toward the implementation of this policy
  • to create a legacy of protecting and restoring Earth community on Campus for future generations
  • to use the 2004 General Chapter Vision, the Earth Charter, and other ecologically sustainable design models* as basic references for categorizing and prioritizing Campus projects and purchasing decisions.

Ecologically Sustainable Design models include, among others, the following categories:

  • Innate beauty and mystery of Nature
  • Multicultural and biological diversity
  • Building/construction ecology
  • Land use/landscape ecology
  • Food
  • Energy
  • Water and sewage
  • Transportation
  • Waste/resources and recycling

*University of Manitoba’s Sustainable Community Design