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

Better World Books

Got books? Donate books, DVDs, books on CD in your office, dorm, or at home. Drop your donations off at one of the collection bins located in Thompson, Powers, Landon, Garner, Podiatry, or the Library. For more information, contact Merlene Nembhard at 305.899.4051, or

Move Out Drive

Donate Don’t Dump! Participate in this annual program by donating new or gently used items that would otherwise be thrown away to landfills during the residence hall move out period. Drop off donations at the Goodwill South Florida trailers located in the residence hall parking lots.

For more information, contact Kamilah Van at

Switch It Off

Reduce the Barry Green way! Switch It Off is a series of sustainability events for first-year students living in Weber, Sage, Browne, and Dalton & Dunspaugh. Turn off lights, unplug electronics, take the stairs, and use LED lightbulbs to contribute to Barry’s Switch It Off efforts.

For more information, contact Jaedyn Amaro at