Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

2016 Conference

Loyola University Chicago’s third annual Climate Change Conference

Global Climate Change: Economic Challenges and Solutions

Generously sponsored by: the Institute for Environmental Sustainability, the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund, and the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership
Thank you to all our generous sponsors of this year's Climate Change Conference.

2017 Save the Date: Loyola's fourth annual Climate Change Conference will be held from March 16-18, 2017

Next year's conference will focus on the food, water and poverty issues associated with global climate change.  Sign up to receive email updates about next year's conference.

Thank you to all those who attended Loyola's third annual Climate Change Conference. Our three-day conference was a huge success and brought many collaborators together to discuss the enormous impacts climate change has on our global economy. Over 600 people attended Klein's Keynote Address and hundreds of people attended our concurrent panel sessions on Friday. Our 2016 conference examined issues through a keynote address by Naomi Klein, presentations on climate justice, the feasibility of switching to a green economy, international policy after COP21, and the social dimensions of climate change. 

Click on the panel talk title to download many of the day's presentations from our panelists.

  • 9:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Plenary Talk: Can We Switch to a Green Economy?
    Is Klein right? Is 2016 the year that we begin to rally towards a post-carbon future? Can moving towards a green economy mean a more socially just and sustainable world? Is it really capitalism vs. the climate? Listen to our panel of Loyola experts as they respond to Klein’s book: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.
    Moderator: Nancy Tuchman, PhD, Founding Director, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Loyola University Chicago
    Ammad Faisal, Senior VP, Marathon Capital LLC
    Benjamin Johnson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago
    Don Jones, PhD, Instructor, Loyola University Chicago
    David Schweickart, PhD, Professor, Loyola University Chicago
    Mundelein Auditorium

  • 10:45 a.m. Dance Performance
    "Sing, Be, Live, See - This dark stormy hour. A light of song - Hallelujah! Through darkness and pain and strife, I'll sing." Performing live to composer Frank Ticheli's Earth Song, the Loyola University Chorale and Loyola Dance Theatre join the Institute for Environmental Sustainability to reflect on and celebrate climate change initiatives.
    Mundelein Auditorium

  • 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Climate Justice—Path to a Just Future
    Who is carrying the biggest burden of human-caused climate change, and how can ethics guide us towards justice? We will also explore the connection of ecological and social justice in Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’.
    Moderator: William French, PhD, Loyola University Chicago 

    Hille Haker, PhD, Loyola University Chicago
    Klaus Steigleder, PhD, Professor, Ruhr-Universitat
    Mundelein Auditorium

  • 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Beyond Paris and COP21: What’s Next?
    This past December, ministers from 195 countries gathered in Paris and passed an historic climate change agreement. As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said “nature is sending urgent signals. We have to do as science dictates, we must protect the planet that sustains us and for that we need all our hands on deck.” The Paris accord includes an agreement to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, with an aim of 1.5 degrees, and achieve climate 'neutrality' by 2050. How will we use international policy to realize this goal? 
    Moderator: Amanda Hanley, Co-founder, Vice President and Secretary, Hanley Foundation
    Andreas Carlgren, former Minister of the Environment, Sweden
    Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, GreenFaith, Highland Park, NJ
    Howard Learner, Director, Environmental Law and Policy Center and IES Board member
    Jake Schmidt, Director, International Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington DC
    Information Commons, 4th floor
  • 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. More than Economics: The Social Dimension of Climate Change
    How does the interplay of forces in politics and the social world affect our response to climate change? What role do activists and religious communities play in effecting social change?
    Moderator: Fr. Michael Agliardo, SJ, PhD, Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago
    Riley Dunlap, PhD, Professor, Oklahoma State University
    Randolph Haluza-Delay, PhD, Associate Professor, The King's University
    Mundelein Auditorium

  • 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Economics for the Anthropocene
    In the new geological epoch of the Anthropocene—humans are a force to be reckoned with, and our economic actions including free trade and globalization have impacted the planet. So, how do we grow without destroying our planet? How do we build an economy that delivers a high quality of life at zero net greenhouse gas emissions, and how soon can we get there? Listen to experts as they discuss tools for measuring a different type of growth like the genuine progress indicator and other economic alternatives to a growth-based economic structure.  
    Ryan Anderson, Ecological Economist, Adjunct Faculty, Institute of Environmental Sustainability
    Kenneth Bagstad, Research Economist, US Geological Survey & World Bank
    Raymond Benton, PhD, Professor, Loyola University Chicago
    Maggie Winslow, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco
    Information Commons, 4th floor

  • 4:00 p.m. Poster Session. Climate Change and Your Research
    IES Atrium

Loyola's Climate Change Conference in the News

IES was pleased to host WBEZ's Worldview for a Live Broadcast during our third annual Climate Change Conference. Listen to the entire broadcast, here.

Thank you to the Loyola Phoenix for writing this thoughtful article about our Climate Change Conference. "Third Annual Global Climate Change Conference.

IES Presents: Environmental Graphiti with Artist Alisa Singer

In honor of our third annual climate change conference, IES was pleased to showcase art by Environmental Graphiti and artist Alisa Singer. The art exhibit was near the poster session in the IES student lounge. These large, vibrant abstract paintings are each derived from a graph, chart, word or number representing a key indicator or fact about climate change. The paintings, printed on lightweight aluminum, are still available for sale with all profits benefiting IES.