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Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Urban Food Symposium

 Thought leaders from Chicago, the Midwest region and across the nation explored social justice, environmental and nutritional issues of food systems and offered innovative ways to approach local, alternative solutions from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 7 at the Urban Food Symposium at the Loyola University Chicago Institute of Environmental Sustainability and the Mundelein Center.

Saturday’s agenda was highlighted by a municipal policy discussion featuring representatives from Chicago, San Francisco and Boston as well as presentations from more than 10 key players in our area’s food systems. A fast-moving format allowed for an exciting range of innovative opinions and sharing of best practices. See the full list of speaker profiles.

See the full session videos.

Also on Saturday, participants were given a chance to tour Loyola’s new, state-of the-art Institute of Environmental Sustainability. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz , a national leader in sustainable design, it is Chicago’s largest geothermal complex. Labs and public spaces were staffed to give guests a greater sense of the scope of Institute of Environmental Sustainability programs. A wide range of food-focused businesses and non profits from throughout the city had booths for guests to learn more about the work they are doing.

The kickoff to the Urban Food Symposium was Friday, September 6 at 6 p.m. at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The evening included a reception with food, cocktails and local appetizers, a keynote address from Barton Seaver, chef, author and director of the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program at Harvard’s Center for Health and Global Environment  and a final opportunity to enjoy premier access to the Museum’s Food: The Nature of Eating special exhibit before it closed. 

Friday, September 6th6 pm – 8 pm At Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614 (directions)

Saturday, September 7th9 am – 4:00 pm At Loyola’s Mundelein Center and the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, 1032 W. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60660  (directions)

Please see our detailed agenda for Friday and Saturday.

Feel free to contact Aaron Durnbaugh at adurnbaugh@luc.edu or (773) 508-7558 if you have any questions about this event.

Sponsored by Loyola University Chicago, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Solomon Cordwell Buenz Architects.


Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660 · Phone: 773-508-2130 · IES@luc.edu

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