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Visit all three exhibit cases on the main floor of the library.


Environmental Stewardship

What Westmont Is Doing

When God created the Heavens and the Earth and all that was in it, he saw that it was good. As Christians we are called to be good stewards of the creation God has entrusted to us, and in order to thrive, today and in future generations, we must take this responsibility seriously. Engaging in environmental stewardship means pursuing uses of the land and its resources that sustain health for both humanity and nature. Westmont is already purposefully engaging in sustainable practices, such as earning LEED certification for new buildings, using native plants in landscaping, and maintaining organic gardens for use in the Dining Commons. For a longer list of what Westmont is doing, see the list on an “Overview of Steps Westmont Has Already Taken.”

What You Can Do

  • Use less paper when printing and photocopying, and recycle the paper you do use.
  • Reduce the amount of disposable products you use and use durable products instead. For example, instead of using a disposable cup and plastic lid when you buy coffee, bring your own coffee cup.
  • Cut down on the amount of stuff you have. Think twice before you buy something, and only buy what you need.


Berry, W. (1990). What are people for?: Essays. San Francisco: North Point Press.

Hawken, P., Lovins, A. B., & Lovins, L. H. (1999). Natural capitalism: Creating the next industrial revolution. Boston: Little, Brown and Co.



Listen to "The Poetry of Creatures" with Krista Tippett of On Being and author/farmer Wendell Berry (51 minutes). How we see the world is how we value it, says Ellen Davis. And poetry is a way to rediscover the lost art of being creatures. An hour of learning and slowing down, with the "Mad Farmer" poems of Wendell Berry and a new way to take in the "poetry" of Genesis. 


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