Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Climate Action and Policy Panel

Climate Action and Policy Panel


Moderator: Associate Professor Michael Schuck, Loyola University Chicago
Presenters: Robyn Gable, Illinois State Representative District 18, Kathleen Smythe, Professor and Senior Administrative Fellow for Sustainability, Xavier University, and Dan DiLeo, Project Manager, Catholic Climate Covenant

Representative Robyn Gabel: Clean Energy Policies for the State of Illinois (Representative Gabel's complete presentation).

Abstract
Now is a great time to be active and involved in clean energy in Illinois.  There are a number of institutional and individual opportunities for advocacy and action that have the potential to significantly improve our natural environment, promote job creation and save consumers money.  These opportunities include, increased incorporation of renewable energy into your energy mix, adoption of smart grid technologies and policies, involvement in ongoing Great Lake protection and restoration efforts and support for Illinois carbon reduction plans.  

Dr. Kathleen Smythe, PhD: Jesuit Education for Sustainability (Dr. Smythe's complete presentation).

Abstract
Various definitions of sustainability have been in use for more than twenty years with no profound political or economic consequences. To promote radical action and policy, we need to start with a new approach to education and holistic human development. By examining earlier and more contemporary expressions of humanity in nature alongside the Jesuit educational mission, a new holistic view of what it means to be human and to pursue sustainability arises. Jesuit education for sustainability can radically change the sustainability agenda, making it more likely to succeed.

Mr. Dan DiLeo: Jesuit Schools and the Jesuit Pope: How Jesuit Colleges Can Respond to Pope Francis’ Ecological Message (Mr. DiLeo's complete presentation).

Abstract
Mr. DiLeo will highlight specific advocacy and action opportunities through which Jesuit institutions and their community members can respond to Pope Francis’ increasing attention to climate change. Topics and resources to be discussed include: St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor; Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration; living-learning communities; Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed national carbon pollution standard (Clean Power Plan); and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.