Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

Earth Week


Earth Day, April 22, is a chance to celebrate gifts provided by our planet and nature. Join us for one of the many events taking place during Earth Week.

On-Campus Events

April 8

Living Off Campus and Living Sustainably – Spring Cleaning
SES 123
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Join LOCALS for a DIY green cleaner workshop. Each participant will go home with their own safe cleaning products. Made by YOU. 

 April 11

Earth Day Party
SES Student Lounge
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Join us for our annual celebration of sustainability at Lake Shore Campus. Learn about sustainability accomplishments from the past year and enjoy live music and refreshments.

Invasive Species in the Great Lakes
Information Commons, 4th floor
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join Dr. Reuben Keller for a lecture, Q+A, and discussion about the Great Lakes, invasive species and Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan.
Hosted by University Libraries and co-sponsored with Edgewater Village Chicago.

Midnight Bike Ride
9:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.

An annual tradition at Loyola. Visit this link for more information: https://luc.edu/history/midnightbikeride/

April 13

LUREC Restoration Work Day
Retreat and Ecology Campus
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

LUREC Restoration Work Days occur on the second Saturday of every month. The volunteer session starts at 9:30 a.m. at LUREC and lunch is provided. RSVP to Roberta Lammers-Campbell, rlammer@luc.edu.

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

Celebrate Earth Day with a recycled crafting session at LUMA. Using vinyl street banners from past LUMA exhibitions, learn how to make placemats, plant pots, wallets, and more. All materials will be provided.

April 22

Earth Day Film Screening
The Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution
Damen Cinema
Doors open at 6:00 p.m, Film at 6:30 p.m.

Filmmaker James Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US. Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Georgetown, TX to Buffalo, NY reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while Redford discovers how clean energy works, and what it means on a personal level. Reaching well beyond a great story of technology and innovation, “Happening” explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival. In collaboration with the City of Chicago and One Earth Film Festival.


Healing Earth '2nd edition' available online

In 2018 the work of re-editing, refreshing and completing all sections of  Healing Earth began. This work, along with an improved Spanish translation and new Portuguese translation, has been completed. You are invited to take a look at our 2nd edition, https://healingearth.ijep.net/. And be on the lookout for continuing updates.

May 1-8 

Think Green and Give
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Want to help sort and donate items from the Residence Halls? We need LOTS of help to sort clothes, food, and other items to be donated to local charities as part of this annual program. NOTE: Because this takes place during and after Finals Week, if you are using this for Engaged Learning Credit, you MUST get prior approval from your faculty member to confirm this. Contact cdenault@luc.edu for more information.

the plantOther Events

April 6

The Plant Chicago – Volunteer Orientation
10 a.m.

Interested in supporting a circular economy? Participate in this volunteer orientation and volunteer for projects at this cutting-edge site.

April 13

Peterson Garden Project – Vegewater Garden Work Day
10 a.m. - noon

Help out our local community garden with their spring cleaning. Sign up here: https://petersongarden.org/event/april-garden-work-day/ Click on Vegewater.

Or join the Cool Crops Plant Sale April 27th and 28th. To volunteer visit this site.

April 27

48th Ward Clean and Green 2019
Noon at Senn High School

Email cdenault@luc.edu for more information to sign up in advance.

May 11

Chicago River Day 2019

Friends of the Chicago River organize this annual clean up for sites all along the Chicago River. Visit this site to learn more.

Various Dates/Times/Locations

Beach Cleanup Event – Alliance for the Great Lakes
Sign up here for a beach clean up at Loyola Beach, Foster Avenue, or Montrose Beach.

North Branch Restoration Project
Visit this site to see the schedule for work days along the north branch of the Chicago River and learn about the North Branch Restoration Project. 

Chicago Park District Stewardship Days
Visit this site to learn about volunteer opportunities at nearby parks like Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Lincoln Park, Kathy Osterman Beach (Ardmore and lakefront), Loyola Beach Dunes (Pratt and lakefront), West Ridge Nature Preserve, and Montrose Beach Dunes and Bird Sanctuary.

Students, note the following:

If you are volunteering to meet engaged-learning credit for a course, please confirm with your faculty member that the volunteering opportunity meets this requirement prior to participation. If you require some level of verification such as a signature or email, it is your responsibility to address this.