Environmental Justice Subcommittee

Our Mission & Goals

Rather than focus on why people don’t support a stronger relationship with God’s earth, the Environmental Justice Subcommittee works to examine and explain what can motivate individuals and groups to improve the condition of the environment through direct action and advocacy in support of nature.

  • Improve the environmental footprint of our parish, it’s members, and the community.
  • To conduct direct action by implementing composting programs, tree plantings, neighborhood clean ups, energy reduction strategies, and other environmental efforts that improve our footprint through collaboration within the parish and with partners.
  • To educate each other through information sharing and speakers who can help us accomplish these goals.

Justice & Peace Meetings

The Justice & Peace Committee generally meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6 PM.


Len Heckwolf
Environmental Justice Subcommittee Chair
[email protected]

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Upcoming Events

Current Projects & Events

A New Work of Mercy: Care for Our Common Home

A New Work of Mercy: Care for Our Common Home

On September 1, 2016, Pope Francis introduced a new work of mercy: care for our
common home. If the Church has acknowledged the traditional fourteen works of mercy
for over seven hundred years, why does this generation require a new one? In his 2015
encyclical, Laudato Si, Pope Francis exhorts us to address what he calls the ecological
crisis: “Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last
two hundred years” (LS 53).

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Catholic Climate Control Covenant

Catholic Climate Control Covenant

We ask for the grace that is needed so that we may all come to respect and care for God’s creation. Laudato Si’ teaches us that everything is connected. In this pandemic year, we are again reminded how true this is. Let us commit ourselves to create a more just and sustainable world together. The earth cries out, and science tells us, that we have no time to waste. Our actions are more critical now than ever.

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Walking the Walk: Electric Personalities

Walking the Walk: Electric Personalities

Periodically, the St. Ignatius Justice and Peace Environmental Justice Subcommittee will feature parishioners inspiring others with their commitment to our common home. This week we feature Tracie Allen.

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Areas That Always Need Action

Tree Planting

Each month the Environmental Justice Subcommittee will work on tree planting projects throughout the City. These efforts assist neighborhoods in improving their appearance and environmental footprint.


The Environmental Justice Subcomittee is working on elliminating all paper waste from the parish by implementing a program to introduce compostable paper cups, plates, and utensils to all parish functions.

Neighborhood Clean-ups

Sign up for a cleanup of the Jonestown neighborhood.
(details coming soon)

The Green Library

Check out the new Green Library in Ignatian Hall . You will find over a hundred books and articles on the environment. Books are arranged by author. You are welcome to take a book home but please return to the shelves after you have enjoyed it. 

Current Environmental Reads