USF Joins Catholic Leaders to Address Climate Change

Joliet, Ill. | Nov. 20, 2017

The University of St. Francis (USF) joins 161 leaders in the U.S. Catholic community on behalf of the Catholic Climate Covenant (CCC) in delivering a letter to President Trump and Congress asking them to support a global effort to address climate change by:

  • supporting the Senate’s request to provide $10 million to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change;
  • participate meaningfully in the deliberations of the UNFCCC; and
  • honor our nation’s commitment to the Green Climate Fund.


By adding his signature to this letter, USF President Arvid C. Johnson joins leaders from other Catholic colleges and universities, national organizations, religious congregations and health care providers in affirming the Church’s longstanding commitment to care for creation and our poor and vulnerable neighbors; it also reiterates the U.S. bishops’ call to act upon the proven science of climate change and its effects.

This is the second letter created by the Catholic Climate Covenant that USF has supported. In February of 2017 USF announced its support of the Clean Power Plan which called for a significant decrease in carbon pollution from existing power plants.

The Catholic Climate Covenant was established in 2006 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in order to address growing ecological awareness and inspires and equips people and institutions to care for both creation and the poor. The Covenant’s goal is to help U.S. Catholics respond to the Church’s call to care for creation and the poor.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 4,100 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.