April 27, 2019, Santa Cruz, California – Sister Mary Ellen Leciejewski, OP, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Dignity Health, notes in a special Earth Day article in National Catholic Reporter that the hospitals in her health care system are focusing on their responsibility to be good stewards of natural resources. Sister Mary Ellen has long been in the forefront of ecological efforts at Dignity Health, now part of CommonSpirit Health since the merger of Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives in February 2019. Under Sister Mary Ellen’s leadership, Dignity Health set a number of specific goals to “reduce its carbon footprint by 2020.” To read the portion of the article on Sister Mary Ellen and her work with Dignity Health, click here and scroll down a bit more than half way through the article.
December 12, 2018, Adrian, Michigan – The Adrian Dominican Sisters, with sustainability efforts and Permaculture areas on campus, was one of three Congregations of Sisters showcased by The National Catholic Reporter’s Global Sisters Report for their environmental efforts. In the article, Sister Corinne Sanders, OP, Director of the Office of Sustainability, speaks of the Congregation’s six-year practice of permaculture – a design principle that works in harmony with nature in agriculture – and other ways in which the Congregation in working to reduce its ecological footprint. Read the article by reporter Dan Stockman. For the section on Adrian Dominican Sisters, scroll down about halfway through the article.