Sustainability Initiatives

Sustainability Initiatives

Barry’s Mission and Core Commitments call us to recognize the sacredness of Earth and engage in meaningful efforts toward social change. The Adrian Dominican Sisters’ 2016 General Chapter Enactment on climate change says:

Recognizing the violence against Earth community that places our common home in dire jeopardy and intensifies the suffering of people on the margins, future generations and all creation, we will sacrifice to mitigate significantly our impact on climate change and ecological degradation.

In addition, the Encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home, is Pope Francis’ urgent appeal to the entire world to acknowledge the environmental crisis, to take a hard look at our culture of consumerism and to work together to find and implement viable solutions for the common good. Increasing environmental stresses call each of us and our University to create responses that will support ecological sustainability for future generations. Get involved!


Barry's Ecological Sustainability Team (BEST) addresses environmental issues and increases sustainability throughout all of the Barry University campuses and facilities. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend one of the committee’s monthly meetings.

For more information on BEST, please contact the Office of Mission Engagement at 305-899-3599 or

Earth Week

Earth Week at Barry University is a series of annual events offered each April that bring faculty, staff, and students together to celebrate our common home and promote sustainability efforts on campus and in the local community. Activities include the Earth Day Carnival, Saturday of Service, Spring Fling, Care for Creation Mass, Eco-Adventure trip, and more!

For more information, please contact the Office of Mission Engagement at 305-899-3599 or

ECO-Adventure Trips

Eco-Adventure Trips are fun outdoor interactive tours and activities that educate students on local environment issues while exploring local South Florida points of interest. These trips can take place at local state parks, museums, farms, beaches and more. We proudly work with civic organizations, businesses, and local restaurants to bring everyone closer to nature, with hands-on learning experiences.

For more information, please contact Jaedyn Amaro

Sustainability Service Projects

Each year, students, faculty, and staff serve the local community through partnerships fostered by the Center for Community Service Initiatives. Opportunities include working in our own Barry Urban Garden (BUG) as well as off campus experiences with local organizations offered throughout the year. A highlight of the annual Earth Week tradition includes Sustainability Saturday, one of the university's four Major Days of Service.

To learn more about how you can get involved, please contact.