Global Citizenship & Sustainability Committee

MISSION

SLUH seeks to develop students, staff, alumni, and parents who are better equipped to address present and future global economic, social, and ecological challenges in a constructive and creative manner through proactive hands-on education in Catholic social teaching and care for creation.

The Global Citizenship and Sustainability Committee’s role is to advise and support the President, the Principal and the school administration and community.

Important Definitions

  • Global Citizenship, defined by the Jesuit Schools Network (JSN) Hemispheres program:
    • Global citizenship is a state of mind... It identifies us as active members of an emerging world community with co-responsibility for the protection and preservation of the social, cultural and natural environment.
    • Global Citizenship is the horizon toward which we walk as Ignatian educators, to promote faith and justice and fight against the growing inequalities of our globalized world.
    • Global citizenship for us as Ignatian educators involves educating in the consciousness that we are a single humanity in a single "home" that is the Earth, delivered in "custody" by God.
  • Sustainability: The ability to meet current human needs without compromising the needs of future generations.
  • Universal Apostolic Preferences: The Universal Apostolic Preferences are the fruit of a process of discernment lasting almost two years. All Jesuits were invited to take part and in addition our mission partners. It concluded with a confirmation from Pope Francis in a special meeting with Fr General Arturo Sosa.

    The new Preferences are four areas vital for our world today. The Society of Jesus will pay special attention to them in the next ten years. 

2020-21 Goals

The Global Citizenship and Sustainability Committee will meet biannually and will:

  1. Conduct a curriculum audit to determine current classroom and co-curricular involvement in the JSN themes of “care for creation” and “global citizenship.”
  2. Work within the Jesuit Schools Network, both domestically and internationally, on Sustainability and Global Citizenship (Hemispheres) programs through the six Jesuit partners around the world: Fe y Alegría, Educate Magis, Flacsi, the Ignatian Solidarity Network, Jesuit Refugee Services and the Hyde Center for Global Engagement.
  3. Continue to develop and expand the St. Louis Schools Sustainability Consortium (SLSSC).
  4. Moderate the Energy, Waste, Farm to Table Teams.
  5. Coordinate Green Week.
  6. Assist in the incorporation Laudato Si’ into the school’s curriculum.
  7. Implement measurable objectives to enhance and foster global cultural fluency in our students and staff.
  8. Implement measurable objectives to enhance sustainability throughout St. Louis University High School and all of its programs and constituents.
  9. Serve as a resource for the St. Louis University High School community on issues of sustainability and global engagement, including monthly updates to all constituents.
  10. Educate students, staff and parents through social media and the website, providing resources to understand our call to care for creation and develop globally minded students empowered to change the world.
  11. Promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the three overarching themes: End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change.
  12. Perform other duties as assigned by the Principal or President.

2021-22 Activities

  1. This year the GCSC seeks to establish and normalize auditing practices and data collecting for Energystar, USGC's Arc platform, and sustainable food within the schools institutional framework and practices.
  2. Ask the board for permission to begin a formal 5 year Sustainability Strategic Plan for SLUH
  3. Participate in the MO Green Schools Quest

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