Sustainability Program

Duchesne’s sustainability efforts took root in the 2016-2017 school year following the May 2015 release of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment and human ecology. At Duchesne, sustainability is not just an academic concept, but rather a community-wide commitment to improving the school and larger world in which we live. We are guided by the standards detailed in our Goals and Criteria, which call us to teach respect for creation and prepare our students to be good stewards of the earth's resources.

Sustainability Goals:

  • Zero waste by 2030
  • Net positive building emissions by 2030
  • A sustainable food system
  • Sustainability curriculum integration

Duchesne Academy is proud to be the leader in school sustainability initiatives among Omaha area schools. Some of Duchesne’s sustainability accomplishments include:

  • Hosted the first “Caring for Creation in Catholic Schools” Conference attended by over 50 students and educators from Omaha Catholic schools (April 2019)
  • Recognized as the first school in the city of Omaha to launch a composting program (September 2017)
  • Received an “Energy Star” rating from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2016
  • Recognized with a “Green Star” from the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s 2017 “Ignatian Carbon Challenge 2.0” (one of three schools in North and South America)
  • Diverted waste away from the landfill and toward recycling and composting at a rate of 76% (see sustainability report document)
  • Recognized in a nationwide column from the Catholic News Service (October 2018)
  • Participated in the Trex recycling project to collect plastic bags and plastic film to be converted into composite decking materials (began September 2018)
  • Partnered with Goodwill Industries to host an electronics drive that collected 4,900 pounds of electronics for recycling (April 2018)
  • Instituted a school lunch program which focuses on locally grown foods and the elimination of landfill waste (began August 2018)

If you have any questions about the sustainability program at Duchesne, please contact:

Mr. Eric Krakowski
Assistant Principal and Exchange Coordinator