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Environmental Stewardship

As a Franciscan community, we are dedicated to being responsible stewards of the environment. In addition to advocating for responsible public policy, we have implemented several "green" initiatives at our convents and ministries, including:

Solar Panels on Felician Hall at Villa Maria
Photo provided by Solar by CIR
  • Daily practices, such as recycling, composting, rainwater preservation, maintenance of green spaces, and organic gardening
  • The installation of solar panels to provide water heating in convents in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and New Mexico
  • The construction of a LEED-certified convent and high school in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
  • The use of geo-thermal heating in Buffalo, New York

In 2017, we completed the final phase of our nationwide solar panel project which involved the installation of solar panels at six Felician properties across the United States. Combined, they are expected to avoid 110 million pounds of CO2 emissions over their 35-year operating life.