Integrity of Creation Council

Final OST Recycles Logo - DUribe

Integrity of Creation Council Statement of Purpose

The Integrity of Creation Council is a consultative body to the President. The purpose of this Council is to help OST develop practices that reflect an awareness of the integral connection between human behavior and the flourishing of Earth, specifically in regard to how we care for and respect the creation entrusted to us.

1. Its functions are to:

a. Share information about integrity of creation efforts at Oblate campus wide

b. Recommend to the president an on-going plan for deepening Oblate’s commitment to integrity of creation

c. Assess the feasibility of implementing specific integrity of creation efforts  

d. Tend to agenda items submitted by Council members

e. Other functions pertaining to integrity of creation as requested by the president

2. Membership consists of:

a. President

b. Associate Academic Dean

c. Two faculty members elected by the faculty

d. Two staff members elected by the staff

e. Two students elected by the students

f. Others as appointed by the President

3. The Integrity of Creation Council normally meets twice a semester. Sub-committees may meet more frequently as required by specific projects.

4. The Associate Academic Dean normally serves as chair.

5. The Chair is responsible for collating agenda items from members and taking and distributing minutes. Minutes are kept on file in the Associate Dean’s office.

ICC Accomplishments to date November 19, 2015

INTEGRITY OF CREATION COUNCIL

Past Accomplishments and Unfinished Business as of Fall 2015

ICC became a standing committee of the School

Address the Board of Trustees about green building for the new center

Courses taught

Spring 2009 Earth Our Home

Spring 2011 Eco-theology

Spring 2012  Earth Insights Eco-spirituality

Fall     2016 Catholicism in an Evolving World (Templeton Award)

Continuing Education Events each semester

Ministry To Ministers and International Priest Internship sessions

Lay Ministry Institute Critical Issues Retreat

Annual Earth Day Mass and Events

Green Seminary Initiative

OST Community and Chefs’ Garden

Recycling

Bins in all buildings

Central collection for entire property

Reusable Coffee Mugs at all coffee stations

Ecological Lighting

Low-flush Toilets in Bathrooms

Reduce use of bottled water

Increase use of re-useable tableware

Decrease use of single-use items

Ways to make OST obviously green Eco-Logo contest

“These are made from Trees” stickers

“Did You Know” Campaign

Unfinished businesses of previous committees include:

Further Distribution of Eco-logo

Follow-up on recycling efforts

A sink on the second floor to wash cups

Promoting green initiates such as the wind farm at Leob Shomea

Earth Day Celebration with games that inform

Faculty development (Templeton Award)

Eco books in library (Templeton Award)

Issues around water conservation

Alternative energy support

Bike racks

Using Moodle rather than giving handouts

Major Speaker in Eco-theme for Summer Institute