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Policy: An Integrated Approach To Sustainable Living

In November 2016, we launched our Sustainability Policy – ‘An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Living’.


The policy looks to integrate sustainable living across seven key areas – energy, water, waste, transport, procurement, investment and infrastructure.

It provides a framework for personnel and ministry partners to develop policies, programs and procedure which will contribute to achieving these overarching objectives.

The policy was developed by Institute’s Ecology Advisory Group – Srs Deidre Gardiner RSM, Mary Tinney RSM, Gabriella Gretz RSM, Adele Howard RSM, Patricia Powell RSMand Eileen Quade RSM.

In launching the policy, Institute Leader, Sr Berneice Loch RSM said it is the product of a great deal of thinking, education, action and commitment over many years by many people.

“It is not a beginning but a special milestone along the journey that Sisters of Mercy, and those who walk with them have been taking over these many years.  It is not a beginning nor is an ending.  We did not set out to write a policy, be it ever such a fine piece of work.  Rather we set out to make this Institute, ISMAPNG, an organization, a living reality, which is about the Care of the Earth, in which Caring for the Earth is a recognised characteristic of each member and of every activity.  So we hope the policy will be a stimulus to take us further on the journey,” she said.

Download a copy of the policy here – Sustainable Living pdf download