“Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan,
it is a requirement of our faith” (USCCB, 1998)
The Seventh Principle of Catholic Social Teaching is the Care for God’s Creation. The Sheil Green Team seeks to deepen our understanding of Catholic faith as it relates to our responsibility of being Stewards of Creation. We encourage Sheil staff, students and associates to cherish the Earth by trying new behaviors that express our commitment to this mission.
Current Green Team activities include:
- Collection of expired medications: every year during Earth Month, we collect dozens of flasks containing expired medications from students and associates; we make sure they are properly disposed and help prevent pharmaceuticals from getting into our water supply.
- Organic garden: students and associates come together to plant organic vegetables for meals at Sheil, while developing a close relationship with the earth. Our Garden has over 26 varieties of herbs and vegetables. Please Watch Our Garden Grow!
- Responsible materials: replacing petroleum-based plastic cups for compostable plastic cups made of corn.
- Recycling: proper disposal of Sheil’s paper, plastic, electronics etc.
- Upcycling: we collaborate with the Sheil Knit & Crochet group and Northwestern SEED students to create reusable crochet items made of plastic shopping bags.
- Evanston Interreligious Sustainability Circle: we are active members of the Circle and help promote activities that impact not only Sheil but the wider Evanston community.