The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCNs) are committed to living and working in a way that reflects their mission to care for the Earth and to live sustainably. The SCNs define sustainability as something that is able to be maintained indefinitely. We believe in working in ways that do not completely use up or destroy natural resources. This means adopting a lifestyle and work methods that respect and work within nature’s limits. It includes environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
What We’ve Done So Far
- In 2017, SCNs covered the roof of Carrico Hall with solar panels.
- On-demand hot water heaters replaced large tank water heaters
- All interior and exterior light bulbs are being replaced with LED lights.
- Many single-pane windows were replaced with high-efficient windows.
- “Cool roof” shingles on buildings to reduce utility costs and heat island effect
Commitment to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
In 2017, the SCN Executive Committee adopted a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2037 in the United States. As a result, staff and sisters at Nazareth look for ways to reduce or eliminate the need for fossil fuels- oil, gasoline, coal, and natural gas- even if it may mean committing extra financial resources to do so.
You can contribute to this commitment by turning off your computer and monitor at night, turning off office lights when you leave the room, and reusing office supplies rather than buying new. You are encouraged to look for products that are made of post-consumer recycled content, use sustainably-sourced materials, or qualify as Energy Star with the EPA.
If you have questions about how to do your job in a way that helps to meet this goal, please contact Carolyn Cromer, Director of Ecological Sustainability, at x1589.
Native Plant Landscaping
The SCNs’ mission to care for the Earth is reflected in the landscaping at Nazareth. Some of the beds on campus are planted with native wildflower and grass species. Along with beauty and fragrance, these plants provide essential food and shelter for native pollinator insects, bird, and bats. Look for signs to let you know which beds are planted with native species, and enjoy!
Zero Waste Campus
Nazareth has committed to becoming a zero waste campus. Our goal is that all waste will be either recycled or composted; no waste will go to the landfill. Nazareth has a robust recycling program thanks to a partnership with the city of Bardstown and the Guthrie Opportunity Center. Please see the attached reference sheet of items that may be recycled at one of the recycling centers on campus or by bringing them to the recycling trailers by the mechanic shop.
Solidarity with Earth
The SCNs are committed to working on local, state, national and global levels to advocate for Earth. At the local and state levels, issues of concern include air pollution, pipeline routing, solar energy credits, and protecting waterways. Nationally, the sisters advocate for the protection of the EPA, the Clean Power Plan, and pipeline safety. Internationally, the sisters support the Global Climate Fund and efforts to promote the Paris Agreement. We have representation from sisters at the United Nations and on the Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light board to promote sustainability through education, advocacy, and action. Additionally, the Sisters support others’ efforts toward sustainability through shared prayer services and advocacy.