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Every day is Earth Day at Loyola

Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword or fad at Loyola. It’s something we take to heart and apply to everything we do, from the courses we offer to the buildings we construct.

And as Earth Day approaches on April 22, we’re hosting several events on campus to help make the world a greener—and better—place.

Below are highlights of this year’s Earth Week activities, plus examples of what Loyola does year-round to promote sustainability.

April 18: What do you do when you can’t tell fact from fiction? Come watch the critically acclaimed film “Merchants of Doubt” to learn how issues from tobacco use to climate change have been plagued by fake science. 3-5 p.m. in the Damen Cinema.

April 18: Join us for a discussion as we bring together some of the most powerful student voices on campus to hear about their experiences advocating for environmental justice. 6-7:30 p.m. in Palm Court.

April 19: Karen Hobbs of the Natural Resources Defense Council will talk at this alumni and friends networking event about the potential impact of budget cuts and environmental policy on the Great Lakes Region. 5:30-8 p.m. in the Schreiber Center. Register now.

April 19: Come see a screening of “City of Trees,” a deeply personal story about the fight for good jobs and safe parks in our nation’s capital. 6:30-8 p.m. in the Damen Cinema.

April 22: Join others from across the city in a spring cleanup for sites around Rogers Park and Edgewater. 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteers must register.

A full list of Earth Week activities can be found here.

Throughout the year

Loyola’s commitment to the environment extends far beyond Earth Week. The University has been a leader in sustainability for years, and it recently was named the seventh greenest college campus in the country by the Sierra Club.

Last month, Loyola hosted its fourth annual conference on climate change. “Climate Justice: The Struggle for Our Common Home” featured speakers on the front lines of environmental justice initiatives, including Mary Robinson, past president of Ireland and an internationally known human rights activist.

In 2016, Loyola partnered with the International Jesuit Ecology Project to launch Healing Earth, a free digital environmental science textbook. More than 90 scholars from Jesuit institutions across the world contributed to the project, which is intended for high school and college students, as well as adult learners worldwide.

And in 2015, the University announced Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World. This five-year strategic roadmap promotes social justice and ways to solve society’s biggest challenges, including climate change and environmental degradation.

Below are links to even more examples of how Loyola is committed to preserving and promoting the environment.

• The Institute of Environmental Sustainability
• Current research
• Eco-friendly facilities
• Environmental focus areas
• The Searle Biodiesel Program
• Water conservation