Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability



Each year-- April 22-- is a chance to celebrate Earth Day and our planet. Join us for one of the many events taking place during EarthWeek or find your own way to engage and reflect on your relationship with the Earth’s resources.

EarthWeek Events

April 18

Seed Paper and Native Plant Sale
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Take this opportunity to purchase springtime plants for your home. Led by Restoration Club and Student Environmental Alliance.

Location: Damen Student Center

Merchants of Doubt  Film Screening
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

What do you do when you can't tell fact from fiction? Come watch a critically acclaimed film to learn about how issues from tobacco use to climate change have been plagued by fake science. Free snacks will be provided!

Location: Damen Cinema

Environmental Justice Panel and Discussion
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Environmental justice combats classism, racism and helps us fight for a just and sustainable world.  Join us as we bring together some of the most powerful student voices on campus to hear about their experiences within the environmental justice community and to answer audience questions about their past and continuing work. Panelists include:

  • Adam Glueckert from the Urbandeavor Program and Building Inclusive Leadership
  • Jenya Polozova from Food & Water Watch
  • Ashley Williams and Sital Sathia from Chicago Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke

Location: Palm Court

April 19

Seed Paper and Native Plant Sale
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Take this opportunity to purchase springtime plants for your home. Led by Restoration Club and Student Environmental Alliance.

Location: Damen Student Center

Environmental Policy & the Great Lakes
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Please join us on April 19 for Loyola Alumni Networking Night as we host the Deputy Director of Policy for the Midwest Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Karen Hobbs. Hobbs will discuss the potential impact of budget cuts and environmental policy on the Great Lakes Region. She will focus on water and energy related impacts such as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Clean Water Rule, and the Clean Power Plan. Help us celebrate Earth Day 2017 (April 22) by learning about Loyola's state of sustainability, and by participating in Eco-activities and giveaways. Hors 'd'oeuvres and an open bar (beer & wine) are included with your ticket purchase.

Cost of Admission:

  • General Admission: $25
  • GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Alumni: $20
  • Loyola Students: $5 (only 20 tickets available)

Location: Wintrust Hall, Schreiber Center, WTC

City of Trees  Film Screening and Discussion
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join us for a screening of this deeply personal story about the fight for good jobs and safe parks in our nation's capital.

Two guest speakers from Greencorps Chicago, a post incarceration green jobs program, will be joining us. Kyle Williams, Greencorps Project Manager, and Tavaras Short, Greencorps graduate and current Greencorps operations staff member, will be joining us for a discussion and Q/A that will bring the environmental justice themes of the film home to Chicago.

Location: Damen Cinema

April 20

Environmental Town Hall
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join your local legislators and environmental experts to learn more about important environmental topics and what you can do. Speakers will discuss important policy issues related to clean energy and solar power, environmental justice, pesticides, recycling and compositing. RSVP here.

Location: Galvin Auditorium (Sullivan Center)

April 21

(b)Earth Day Party
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Join us for an ICE CREAM SOCIAL to celebrate Earth Day and showcase all of the past year's sustainability accomplishments. Sustainability-related student organizations and partners will be on hand to engage visitors and a '2017 State of Sustainability' report will be presented.

Location: St. Ignatius Community Plaza (weather permitting – IES is backup)

April 22

Chicago Clean and Green Day
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Join with others across the city in a Spring clean up for sites all around Rogers Park and Edgewater. In partnership with the Department of Community Relations. Must Sign Up HERE!

Location: Around Rogers Park and Edgewater

Earth Day Workshop
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join LUMA in celebrating Earth Day this year with a recycled material crafting session. Using vinyl street banners from past LUMA exhibitions, learn how to make placemats, plant pots and more. All materials will be provided. Free with Museum Admission.

Location: LUMA 

Spring Plant Sale
2:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.

Urban Agriculture will help you jump start your spring with an Earth Day Plant Sale!

Location: Loyola Red Line Stop

April 23

Arbor Day Tree Planting
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Join us for the annual spring tree planting for Lake Shore Campus. Please RSVP in advance, here.  

Location: Near the Loyola sign on Sheridan Ave. (next to Sullivan Hall)

Other Events

Retreat and Ecology Campus Restoration Work Days

May 13th – Transportation is available. RSVP to Dr. Lammers-Campbell.

EarthWeek Partners

  • Institute of Environmental Sustainability
  • Loyola Community Relations
  • Loyola Facilities Department
  • Loyola Retreat and Ecology Campus
  • Berger Park Council
  • Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project
  • US Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter

Student Organizations

  • Student Environmental Alliance
  • Grower’s Guild
  • NetImpact LUC
  • Loyola Restoration Club
  • ChainLinks
  • Felice’s Pizza
  • Student Government of Loyola Chicago
  • The Green Initiative Fund
  • The Searle Biodiesel Squad
  • Loyola’s Farmer’s Market