SOUTH BEND – The University of Notre Dame plans to stop burning coal within five years and to cut its carbon footprint by more than half in the next 15 years in response to Pope Francis’ plea for bold action to curb climate change.
Notre Dame’s president, the Rev. John Jenkins, will announce today in a statement obtained by The Associated Press that the university is planning to spend $113 million on renewable energy sources, including a hydroelectric project, solar power and geothermal fields, which would collectively reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 47,500 tons.
Jenkins said the steps come in response to the pope’s plea, along with his visit this week to the United States. Jenkins is scheduled to attend a reception for Francis at the White House and a Mass with him at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Washington church where the pope will meet with U.S. bishops.
The pope said in an encyclical in June that the state of the environment is a central moral issue of our age and put care for the environment at the center of Catholic social teaching.
A decade ago, Notre Dame burned 80,000 tons of coal in a year. For the past two years, it burned less than 15,000 tons a year.
Man swept frompier by wave dies
A Shipshewana man died after being swept off a pier into Lake Michigan by a large wave.
Indiana conservation officers said the body of Earl Helmuth, 24, of Shipshewana was recovered about 8 a.m. Sunday in 12 feet of water.
Sgt. Shawn Brown said Helmuth was with five friends in Michigan City taking photos from Washington Park’s Lighthouse Pier about 6:30 p.m. Saturday when a wave “swept them all into the water.” Brown said three were able to get out of the lake on their own, and two others were rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard boat that responded to the scene.
Police shoot man after standoff
Police fatally shot a man in Shelbyville on Sunday after he shot at a tactical vehicle and pointed a gun at officers at the conclusion of a nine-hour, overnight standoff.
The man was pronounced dead at a hospital after the shooting about 5:30 a.m. in Shelbyville, Indiana State Police said. The man’s name wasn’t immediately released.
The standoff began about 8:30 p.m. Saturday when a Shelbyville officer who responded to a dispute at a home was preparing to leave the scene when the man appeared on a porch waving a handgun, Sgt. Rich Myers said. A woman at the home ran to a neighbor’s house while the officer requested backup.
Officers from the Shelbyville Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department shot the man, Myers said. Their names were not immediately released.
3-year-old critical after shooting
Muncie police said a 3-year-old girl was shot and critically injured, allegedly by a teenage boy who had found a handgun.
Police said that after the girl was shot Friday at a public housing complex, her father apparently carried the wounded child to Muncie’s downtown fire station. The Star Press reported that the girl was listed in critical but stable condition at a Muncie hospital before she was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital.
Police were told at the shooting scene that a 13-year-old boy had accidentally fired a handgun, wounding the girl. Muncie Police Chief Steve Stewart said a boy in his early teens was arrested on a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness. He was being held in Delaware County’s juvenile center.
10-year-old killed during memorial
Indianapolis police said a 10-year-old boy died and three other people who gathered with him for a memorial service were wounded in a shooting on Indianapolis’ near north side.
Police said DeShawn Swanson died after the shooting Saturday night. They said a 16-year-old male and two men who also were shot were expected to survive.
Police said the four were shot in the front yard of a home where about a dozen people had gathered for the memorial for an elderly person who had died a few days earlier.
Detectives have not released information on suspects but said they don’t believe the shooting was random.