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Father Poorman makes Earth Day Challenge

April 10, 2018

University of Portland News Release,

This April, Fr. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C. and the Presidential Advisory Committee on Sustainability (PACOS) are challenging the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Portland to make a commitment to take at least one tangible step that is within your own control toward increasing sustainability on campus.

Turn off your office lights? Use a reusable container for your lunch? Recycle your bottles and plastics? Adjust your thermostat? Regardless of your academic major, or whether you work in a classroom, residence hall, the Commons, or in the field or in an office, you can make a difference.

All through the month, we’re asking you to make a commitment and share it with us. It might be something you choose to do individually or a challenge you take on as a team within your dorm or department. Inspire others! Share your commitments via Then we’ll share them with the rest of the UP community through The Beacon, Upbeat, and on our website.

At the end of the month, the most impactful sustainability commitment will be recognized and the individual or team who made the commitment will be featured in various campus media!

Have questions? E-mail us or look for the PACOS table in the Bauccio Commons on Earth Day, April 22nd.

In the meantime, please accept the challenge, make a commitment, and share how you will make a difference via

Together, our small steps will add up to a very big difference.

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Wally Pilot April 11, 2018

Too bad Father Poorman takes environmentalism far more seriously than he takes the faith on campus. Are we pagans and druids or Christians? The institution has lost its Catholicity. It’s a sad joke and it starts at the top!!

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