Named after Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on care for creation, the Laudato Si' Champions Awards celebrates individuals and organizations doing transformative work on Laudato Si’ issues in the United States.
Carmel Catholic was selected by Covenant staff after being nominated by Pat Maddux, Director of BVM Life and Mission for the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, one of Carmel Catholic High School's founders. According to Covenant, "Among your accomplishments, we were especially impressed by the work of the student Environmental Club and your waste reduction."
On July 27, Carmel Catholic's honorable mention will be recognized publicly via Zoom. This session will also be the capstone to the 2023 Laudato Si’ and the U.S. Catholic Church Conference, co-sponsored by Catholic Climate Covenant and Creighton University.
In addition to public recognition, a donation of fruit trees for planting farmers supported by Catholic Relief Services is being offered to Carmel Catholic as a token of appreciation.
"On behalf of Creighton University and Covenant staff and all of our supporters, thank you for your commitment to God’s creation, your fellow humans, and all creatures. You are an inspiration," read an email from Covenant.
"Thank you to the Catholic Climate Covenant for this wonderful honor. Our community has embraced the teachings of Laudato Si, and we are focused on continually improving our efforts in this area," said Carmel Catholic's Sustainability Manager, Michelle Titterton.