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Sustainability Research at the Mount

"The solar farm presents an exciting learning and teaching opportunity for our students and for the local community, and places the Mount at the forefront in championing responsible land use and promoting renewable energy resources."

- Thomas H. Powell, President Emeritus  Mount St. Mary's University president

Faculty Researchers

Dr. Rosie Bolen, Ph.D. - Biology

Dr. Karl Einolf, Ph.D. - Finance and Economics
Examines the performance of investment portfolios that have environment, social, and governance (ESG) objectives.

Dr. Isabella Notar, Ph.D. - History

Dr. Jeffrey Simmons, Ph.D. - Environmental Science
Investigates the effects of water pollution on aquatic ecosystems

Academic Programs

Environmental Science Major

→ Environmental Studies Minor

Stewardship and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Mount St. Mary's seeks to promote the quality and sustainability of the environment through the application of principles of stewardship derived from our Catholic tradition. From Vatican II to encyclicals and apostolic letters by Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II, as well as statements issued by the U.S. Conference of Bishops, citizens of the Earth have been called to value life and issues of social justice and to seek solutions to the ecological crisis through solidarity and shared responsibility. As the Holy Father John Paul II stated in "The Ecological Crisis: A Common Responsibility" (January 1, 1990), " When the ecological crisis is set within the broader context of the search for peace within society, we can understand better the importance of giving attention to what the earth and its atmosphere are telling us: namely, that the human person, endowed with the capability of choosing freely, has a grave responsibility to preserve this order for the well-being of future generations" (6).

That the Church is further admonished by the U.S. Conference of Bishops to assume the "educative role of helping believers and other people of good will [to] form their consciences so that they can see environmental issues as having moral content" (2001), challenges us to model these intentions not only in our curricular and co-curricular commitments, but in the strategic planning relating to the development and daily usage of our campus and grounds as well. It is our intention that principles of ecologically sound stewardship inform the shaping and implementation of the Campus Master Plan and the Mount's Strategic Plan.

As Catholic educators, we - along with the U.S. Conference of Bishops - eagerly accept that our concern "for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. [Indeed,] we are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God's creation" (1998).

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