Mission, Vision and Values

Mission Statement

The Bellarmine University School of Environmental Studies is dedicated to environmental literacy, to an interdisciplinary approach to environmental scholarship, and to formation of a more ecologically sustainable society, both on our campus and throughout our region.


The Mission Statement and Vision 2020 plan for Bellarmine University affirm our intention to serve Kentucky and the region through educational leadership empowered by a commitment to academic excellence, enriched by a liberal arts philosophy, broadened by a global perspective, and morally grounded in our Catholic heritage.

Fulfilling this mission requires comprehensive attention to the challenge of environmental sustainability facing our region and the people we serve.  Sustainability involves maximizing quality of life for all people while minimizing our collective environmental impact. It is therefore appropriate for a Liberal Arts University dedicated to social justice to apply its academic strengths and faith traditions to fulfill the promise of a better life, not only for the current generation, but for many generations to come. 

Mindful of the academic, international, and ethical pillars of our institutional identity, the School of Environmental Studies manifests environmental consciousness as a fourth defining theme for Bellarmine University. Through coordinated efforts among Bellarmine’s programs and schools, and through collaboration with regional environmental agencies, Bellarmine University’s environmental identity will be integrated throughout our curriculum, programs, culture, facilities and practices as we formulate and model an achievable agenda for regional sustainability in the twenty-first century.


Consistent with ideals delineated in Bellarmine University’s Mission Statement, the Bellarmine University School of Environmental Studies promotes these values:

  • Respect for nature as essential to quality of life for all people
  • Consideration of future generations in current decision-making
  • Integration of ethics, aesthetics, natural science, and social science principles in developing a holistic understanding of environmental problems and solutions
  • Fair hearing of disparate viewpoints on environmental issues
  • Evidence-based conclusions over ideology as a guide to best practices
  • Exhibiting environmental consciousness in the way we live

Alignment with Bellarmine's Vision