Support Sustainability Week

ACU is taking a university-wide approach to sustainability, and you’re invited to join our first annual Sustainability Week during 4-10 October. Sustainability Week is an opportunity for all staff to come together and explore how we can contribute to a better world.

ACU’s broadened approach to sustainability will reflect a holistic commitment to caring for our common home. It also reflects our support for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. These 17 goals represent a comprehensive approach to sustainability which includes caring for the environment, addressing poverty and reducing inequalities, fostering peace and justice, and creating sustainable communities.

Pope Francis has provided a wonderful vision of these goals in his encyclical on caring for our common home, Laudato si’, which inspires us as a Catholic university. 

Watch the video message below from ACU’s Vice-President Father Anthony Casamento below to find out more:

What’s on for Sustainability Week

This Sunday marks the start of Sustainability Week, coinciding with the Feast of St Francis, Patron Saint of Ecologists. Join the Sustainability@ACU group in Workplace for updates and ideas on how you can contribute to a better world and support the Sustainable Development Goals.

There are a range of virtual Zoom events that ACU staff and students can participate in next week – email register and join in. The events will also be live-streamed on Workplace to enable ongoing participation and viewing.

Date and time

Sustainability Week event

Guest speakers

Tuesday 6 October 2020
1-1.30pm AEDT

12-12.30pm for Brisbane

Earth in Crisis: Is it really people vs planet?

Join in for a 20-minute live discussion, followed by a Q&A session. Explore 10 ways to change the world.


ACU National Manager (Sustainability) Mark Doggett

ACU Campus Pastoral Associate – Staff, Jeremy Ambrose

Wednesday 7 October 2020 1pm-2pm AEDT

12-1pm for Brisbane

Religion, Science and Ecology in Dialogue. The work and legacy of Denis Edwards – a theologian of the natural world.

Join in for a lunchtime conversation with Denis Edwards’ PhD student.

ACU PhD student Anne-Maree O’Beirne

ACU Campus Pastoral Associate – Staff, Dr Cristina Gomez

Thursday 8 October 2020 
1-2pm AEDT

12-1pm for Brisbane

Four things that harm the environment according to Pope Francis.

A panel discussion exploring the contributions of Noise, Greed, Slavery and Ugliness.

Archbishop Peter Comensoli (Melbourne)

Executive Manager, Anti-Slavery Task Force, Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, Jenny Stanger

ACU Associate Vice-Chancellor (QLD) Professor Jim Nyland

ACU Lecturer, Academic Development – Ethics, Nicolás Zumarán

Architectural History post-graduate student, Kamila Soh

Friday 9
October 2020
1-2pm AEDT

12-1pm for Brisbane

Conversation with Jacqui Remond: Co-founder of the Global Catholic Climate Movement

Join in for a lunchtime conversation exploring the Global Catholic Climate Movement, which assists the Vatican on matters of ecology and care for creation. Explore the actions you can take for a better world.

Recorded talk with Jacqui Remond, former Director of Catholic EarthCare, co-founder of the Global Catholic Climate Movement

Live conversation with ACU Campus Pastoral Associate – Staff Dr Cristina Gomez and ACU National Manager (Sustainability) Mark Doggett


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