USF Joins 125 Catholic Leaders in Support of Clean Power Plan

Feb. 20, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.

The University of St. Francis (USF) announced its support of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) as organized by the Catholic Climate Covenant. The Covenant, established in 2006 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), addresses growing ecological awareness and inspires and equips people and institutions to care for both creation and the poor. USF President Arvid C. Johnson joined 125 U.S. Catholic leaders in signing a letter urging the new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, President Trump, Congressional leaders and state governors to adopt the CPP.

The CPP calls for a significant decrease in carbon pollution from existing power plants, as much as 30 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. The CPP is the nation’s most ambitious effort to reduce climate changing greenhouse pollution.

Catholic leaders supporting the CPP include college and university presidents, holy men and women, theologians, Catholic nonprofit directors, and other faith leaders who support His Holiness, Pope Francis, who has emphasized the need for policies that support the development of renewable energy resources. Signees believe that that Clean Power Plan “will protect public health, promote equality, address climate change, and help create new economic opportunities in communities across the country.”

The full press release distributed by the Catholic Climate Covenant can be found here. For more information on the Catholic Climate Covenant please visit

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 3,900 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 48,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.