Pedro Walpole S.J.

Jesuit Conference Asia-Pacific established a “Reconciliation with Creation,” a comprehensive program that aims to enable greater environmental awareness and participation in caring for all forms of life. As part of this program, Jesuit pastoral ministries with the poor and beyond are integrating social and ecological objectives. Meanwhile, Jesuit schools are embarking upon a new learning curve with many new social engagements and technologies that may enact greater ecological integration and accountability. Likewise, as part of this initiative, Jesuit communities themselves are learning to audit their consumption and waste. Climatic events, as those that have devastated many different communities that this conference represents, are currently the focus of many Jesuit institutions as they seek to develop protocol beyond relief to disaster risk reduction (drr). Accordingly, in order to address this urgent challenge, sustainability science needs to adapt so that it becomes problem-focused, and a critical element in this endeavor is the capacity of Jesuit institutes to network and collaborate with others. Grounded in gratitude and engaging with hope, “Reconciliation with Creation” is essentially an invitation to act that concurrently seeks to gradually deepen the experience of the sacred.

Michael Wenk

of the downstream e ff ects of their chemical products. 3 It was at this juncture that the concept of “eco-auditing” began to more formally emerge. Heretofore, companies around the world had generally viewed environmental compliance as an aspect imposed upon them by regulatory agencies, and a drain on

Savarimuthu Ignacimuthu S.J.

took up this invitation with concrete agendas of protecting the environment. Almost every province created a task force to initiate and sustain programs that were related to ecological initiatives such as eco-audits, organic farming, vermicomposting, planting trees, the promotion of biopesticides, the

Bernard Vanheusden

environment to inform the public regularly of the environmental impact of their activities and products, where appropriate within the framework of voluntary eco-Iabelling or eco- auditing schemes or by other means. Until today, Article 5(6) did not lead to any formal steps in the Flemish region, the region

Daniela Winkler and Christoph Knill

, the directive aims at improv- ing the coordination between the administrative entities involved.38 33 SeeHeineltetal.,ProzeduraleUmweltpolitikderEU.Umwelt- vertr5glichkeitsprOfungen und Eco-Audits im Ländervergleich, 2000, 98. 34 See EIIwein, Verwaltungsarchiv 87 (1 996), 1 ff.; Lehmbruch, From State