Thursday, March 19, 2009

From the alma mater

It seems that Seattle University will be holding a Sustainability Conference on April 2nd and 3rd:
Dear SU Alumni,

I’m writing to you about a conference that strikes at the very heart of our mission: The role of social justice in sustainability. It is being held on our campus Thursday, April 2, and Friday, April 3. The cutting edge definition of sustainability is framed in terms of environmental health, economic development, and social justice. In interviews with sustainability officers in business, government, NGOs, and faith-based organizations, the conveners of this conference heard again and again that the most neglected part of sustainability is social justice. This conference is a step in remedying that neglect.


John W. Dienhart
The Frank Shrontz Chair for Business Ethics
Director, Albers Business Ethics Initiative
Director, Northwest Ethics Network

There's a lot of green in this town, but it's only been relatively recently that all that eco has been associated with social justice (except for the Community Coaltion for Environmental Justice - I'm pretty sure they've been around since forever). I'm happy to see that SU has decided to take a hand in making up for that.

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