BOSTON, Massachusetts — Gonzaga University has been awarded a grant for its innovative climate projects.

The grant was awarded by Second Nature, a Boston-based nongovernmental organization focused on accelerating climate action through higher education.  

Gonzaga will use the funds to provide honoraria to members of the Spokane community who represent or support communities of color to participate in the Spokane Climate Resiliency Academy. Funds will also be used to support the Resiliency Academy cohort’s participation in the Spokane City Council’s Sustainability Action Subcommittee. In addition, the funds will be used to retain a consultant and trainer for the Spokane Community Environmental Justice Task Force, which is establishing an environmental justice advisory group and identifying the most vulnerable communities that are disproportionately at risk to climate impacts.

“As a Jesuit, Catholic university, centering justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in the work of sustainability is foundational to who we are,” said Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh.