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Jesuit High School Sustainability Commitment

Jesuit High School is committed to practicing responsible environmental stewardship and teaching students to care for all of the world's resources: human, environmental, and economic. With the landmark decision to construct a new green Elorriaga Mathematics and Science Center, Jesuit High School chose sustainable design as a logical expression of its values. Green design provides an opportunity to achieve a profound connection between curriculum, values, and the mission of Jesuit High School as stewards of each other and the earth.

In 2012, the Oregon Department of Education recognized Jesuit High School as an Honorable Mention Award Winner in the Oregon Sustainable Schools Award Program (Pillar 3: Educating for Sustainability). The awards were given to recognize schools for their great sustainability work, inside and outside of the classroom. Click here to read the press release about the awards.

“In a recent General Congregation, the Society of Jesus identified our ‘covenant with the earth’ as one of the constitutive elements of all Jesuit ministry. To live the mission of the Society of Jesus today means to understand the fundamental spiritual and moral dimensions of ecological care and environmental justice. Our faith demands justice for the earth, and not just on the earth. In choosing to build its new science building with cutting-edge green technology, Jesuit High School offers both an example for others, and expresses concretely (pun intended) its continuing commitment to the Society’s mission of faith doing justice in the reality of the world.”  

- John D. Whitney, Former Provincial, Society of Jesus, Oregon Province

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