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UP signs pledge to care for creation and the poor
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Fr. William Beauchamp
University of Portland photo
Fr. William Beauchamp

Holy Cross Father William Beauchamp, president of the University of Portland, has signed the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor on behalf of the university. The pledge is a promise and a commitment by Catholic individuals, families, parishes, organizations and institutions to live their faith by protecting God’s Creation and advocating on behalf of people in poverty who face the harshest impacts of global climate change.

The pledge commits signers to pray and reflect, learn about climate change, assess how we contribute to climate change, act to change choices and behaviors and  advocate for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions.

For the last three years, the University was selected for inclusion in its annual edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide Green Colleges. It is one of the only schools in the country with a LEED Platinum certified building – Donald P. Shiley Hall – making it one of the most energy efficient and environmentally sustainable buildings in the world.

In 2010, University of Portland was the first college in the West to ban the sale of disposable plastic water bottles, helping start a national trend.

Other universities that have signed the St. Francis Pledge include University of Notre Dame, Loyola University Chicago, and Saint John’s University. Organizations such as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA, and Catholic Relief Services have also signed on.

The University of Portland’s signing of the pledge preceded Pope Francis’ inaugural Mass on March 19 where he made a powerful call for the protection of the environment and of society’s most vulnerable.

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