This Isn't Some Radical Tree-Hugging Scheme. 

It's a genuine effort to do what Pope Francis calls for in his encyclical, "Laudato Si." We want to promote the responsible use of our resources, and show the world how great Ave Maria is while using less to do it. Here's what Pope Francis calls for:


Less is More

Pope Francis has illustrated that the effort to make a positive impact on our environment begins on an individual basis. Furthermore, “Reusing something instead of immediately discarding it, when done for the right reasons, can be an act of love which expresses our own dignity.”1  In line with this teaching, we are seeking to promote thrift and recycling on our campus.

By sharing what we no longer need with those less fortunate in our community, we will seek to "replace consumption with sacrifice, greed with generosity, wastefulness with a spirit of sharing, an asceticism which “entails learning to give, and not simply to give up"2 

Did you know? The new pendant lightbulbs in the JPII Lounge are energy-efficient LEDs. (they look really cool too!)
  1. Francis, “Laudato Si,” sec. 211.
  2. Francis, sec. 9.

Everything is Connected

“The creation accounts in the book of Genesis…suggest that human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our Neighbor and with the Earth itself.”1 All our decisions as a council will be made with this teaching in mind. We will spend the resources we have been given in a way that supports our local community, with the understanding that we share a global responsibility to care for our environment. Examples include: purchasing our fruit for Fresh Fruit Friday from our local farmers markets and our furniture, for campus improvements, from local furniture resale companies.

Think Globally. Act Locally.

"It cannot be emphasized enough how everything is interconnected."2
  1. Francis, “Laudato Si,” sec. 66.
  2. Francis, sec. 138.


A Dialogue is Needed

“All Christian communities have an important role to play in ecological education.”1 AveBlue will be an integral part of this Christian dialogue. We will let the teachings of the Catholic Church guide us as we develop an environmental approach which is both Anthropocentric and Ecocentric. AveBlue will facilitate our efforts to both "Keep and Till the Earth" (Genesis 2:15) at Ave Maria University.

Education & Implementation.
“Ecological education can take place in a variety of settings: at school, in families, in the media, in catechesis and elsewhere.”2


  1. Francis, “Laudato Si,” sec. 214.  
  2. Francis, sec. 213.