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This guide provides information about sustainability learning and practices for St. Kate's academics, community, and beyond.

St. Kate's/CSJ Food Access Hub

The St. Kate's/CSJ Food Access Hub is a collaboration between St. Catherine University and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ). This project focuses on several aspects of sustainability action and seeks to address food insecurity, nutrition, and wellness within the St. Kate's/CSJ community and beyond. Through this partnership, students have access to the following: 

  • Food Shelf: The food shelf is open to members of the St. Kate's community on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 12:00-6:00 pm. It is located in the Carondelet Center Kitchen 101, across from The O'Shaughnessy. No appointment needed! 
  • Community Gardens: All are welcome to participate in community gardening efforts and participate in local food systems. The main garden is located on the west lawn of the CSJ administration building, 1884 Randolph Ave. Tuesday Garden Nights are hosted late May - October, from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. 
  • More sustainability projects: Sustainability projects occur throughout the year, including CSJ Earth Day, bee hives and pollinator pathways, and CSJ Service Days. These all occur in conjunction with the efforts of the CSJ Justice Commission and St. Kate's Sustainability Committee to implement their Laudato Si' Action Plan. Read more about Laudato Si' below. 

CSJ Sustainability Practices

Laudato Si' Action Platform

In June 2023, St. Kate's became the first CSJ-founded university to sign a Laudato' Si Action Plan. This platform equips the Catholic church to create real and lasting solutions to the ecological crisis and protect our common home. 

This platform was originally established in 2015 through Pope Francis's encyclical letter. The goals outlined in this platform incorporate the three pillars of sustainability and include: 

  • response to the cry of the earth 
  • response to the cry of the poor 
  • ecological economics 
  • adoption of sustainable lifestyles 
  • ecological education 
  • ecological spirituality 
  • community resilience and empowerment 

Read more about the Laudato' Si Action Platform and St. Kate's Laudato' Si Campus Initiative

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