SUSTAINABILITY AT CALVIN
Caring for God’s creation as a matter of faith.
At Calvin, creation care is rooted in who we are and what we do.
We want renewing God’s good earth to be a way of life, so we make sustainability a priority—as an educational goal and an institutional value. We’re committed to learning how to be good caretakers of creation on our campus and around the globe.
Sustainability efforts at Calvin are rooted both in our heritage and our reformed mission. They are also strategic. The current strategic plan embraces and enacts environmental sustainability as a core value. And Calvin is guided in its sustainability efforts by its board of trustees-approved Statement on Sustainability, which takes seriously the biblical mandate to be stewards of God’s good earth.
AASHE Stars Silver recipient
Signatory of Presidents’ Climate Commitment
Honored Tree Campus USA recipient
$2.8 million in external grants for Plaster Creek Stewards
CALVIN AS LIVING LABORATORY
- First-Year Research in Earth Sciences
- Galapagos Islands and Amazon Rainforest Interim Course
- “Hawaii: Life on a Volcanic Archipelago” Interim Course
- “In Search of Water” Courses
We’ve pledged to go carbon-neutral
On Thursday, December 7, 2017, Calvin University President Michael K. Le Roy signed Second Nature’s President’s Climate Commitment. The signing took place during the Calvin Environmental Assessment Program’s (CEAP) Poster Session in the Calvin University Chapel. With the signing, the Calvin community is pledging to take steps to make the campus carbon neutral by 2057.
“Sustainability emerges from choices that, on balance, promote economic vitality, social equity, and a flourishing natural environment both now and for generations to come.”
- Calvin Energy and Environmental Sustainability Committee, 2019