Campus Sustainability Events
Throughout the year, campus sustainability events provide opportunities to learn, take action, and support environmental initiatives at Loyola and beyond.
August: Welcome Week
August 25, 2023 - September 3, 2023
Welcome to Loyola! The Office of Sustainability is thrilled to partner with the Center for Student Engagement (CSE) to host events throughout Welcome Week focused on getting involved in sustainability on campus and the neighborhood.
Sunday, August 27, 2023 - Glenwood Sunday Farmers Market Walk & Tour
10:00am - 11:30am
Join us for a tour of the Glenwood Sunday Farmers Market. Meet by Winthrop Garden at the corner of W Loyola Ave and N Winthrop Ave, and then take a quick walk up to the market. RSVP Via LUCommunity
Tuesday, August 29, 2023 - How to Live Green at Loyola
4:00pm - 5:30pm | Damen Den
Join the Office of Sustainability and student sustainability leaders in the Damen Den to learn how to get involved and live green at Loyola! RSVP Via LUCommunity
Thursday, August 31, 2023 - Lakefront Bike Tour
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Join the Office of Sustainability and Chainlinks for a lakefront bike ride to learn about safe and sustainable bike transportation. Participants should have their own bike or rent one from Chainlinks, Loyola's student-run bike shop. All riders should have a helmet and proper attire for biking.
RSVP Via LUCommunity
Friday, September 1, 2023 - Compost Bucket Training
12:00pm - 1:30pm | Damen Den
Interested in composting? Join the Office of Sustainability for quick training to participate in LUC's free Compost Bucket Program. We hope to see you there!
September: Transportation Week
September 18 - 22, 2023
Loyola’s campuses offer so many options for sustainable transportation! From the CTA to rental bikes to walkable neighborhoods, celebrate and learn more about climate-friendly transit and how you can get involved during Transportation Week 2023.
All Week - September 18-22, 2023: Zero Emissions Challenge
Join us to celebrate Zero Emissions Day on September 21st! To enter this challenge, post a photo of yourself, by September 22nd, with your sustainable ride (bicycle, public transportation, electric vehicle, walking, etc.) on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and use the hashtag #LUCGoZero. The best photo will win a special prize!
Friday, September 15 - Sunday, September 17 - Loyola Eco-spirituality Adventure Fall (LEAF) Retreat - Campus Ministry
Registration deadline - September 5th
The Loyola Eco-spirituality Adventure Fall Retreat is a retreat for nature lovers, hikers, and anyone who loves encountering the Divine in the outdoors. Cost $50
Monday, September 18, 2023: Tabling in Damen Atrium
3:00-5:00pm | Damen Atrium
Stop by the Damen Student Center to learn more about the Office of Sustainability, all the events happening for Transportation Week, and for some fun giveaways!
Monday, September 18, 2023: Transit Justice Letter Writing Event
7:00-8:00pm | SES 110
Join the Student Environmental Alliance and the Office of Sustainability to urge those in positions of power to help enact meaningful transit justice policy across the federal, state, and local levels.
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 - EMERGE Training: Introduction to Sustainability at Loyola
10:00am - 11:00am | Zoom
Join the Office of Sustainability for an introduction to sustainability at Loyola and how to get involved through Human Resource's training platform, EMERGE. Workshop is intended for Loyola staff and faculty.
Wednesday, September 20, 2023: ChainLinks Bikes 101 & Bike Ride
5:00pm - 7:00pm | Chainlinks Bike Shop in the Main Parking Garage at Lake Shore Campus
Join us and Chainlinks for a bike tour and to learn more about how to take care of your bikes, what a tune-up looks like, how to change a flat tire and more. Chainlinks will provide their fleet for participants to use, but you are also welcome to bring your own bike. Prepare to wear proper bike attire.
Thursday, September 21, 2023 - Active Transportation Alliance: Des Plaines River Trail Plan
Time 2:30 - 3:30pm | Zoom (email firstname.lastname@example.org for details)
Alex Perez from the Active Transportation Alliance will be presenting the Des Plaines River Trail Plan, which would bring pedestrian and bicycle access and safety improvements to the area surrounding the Health Sciences Campus. Join us to learn more about the proposed improvements and the great work of ATA!
October: Energy Week
October 23 - 27, 2023
Loyola has committed to addressing climate change through our campus--and reducing our energy use is a vital part of that commitment. Join us for Energy Week 2023 to learn more about lowering your energy footprint on campus and at home.
October Events to check out before Energy Week
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 - EMERGE Training: Solar at Home
10:00am - 11:00am | Zoom
Interested in powering your home with renewable energy? The Office of Sustainability invites you to join a training through Human Resource's EMERGE platform on options for community and on-site solar at home.
Energy Week Events
More information on Energy Week events coming soon!
November: Food Week
November 13 - 17, 2023
Join us for Food Week 2023 to celebrate sustainable food systems and learn more about how sustainability connects with what’s on our plate. Choosing plant-based foods, eating local, and reducing food waste through composting, food rescue, and more are all ways to participate in Chicago’s sustainable food scene directly.
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 - EMERGE Training: Care for our Common Home, Living Laudato si'
10:00am - 11:00am | Zoom
Join colleagues from across Loyola to discuss Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical on Ecology, Laudato si’, and engage your own vision for a personal “integral ecology.” Led by Director for Ignatian Spirituality, Lauren Schwer, and Director of Sustainability, Aaron Durnbaugh, this session will explore the Encyclical and our personal opportunities for sustainability and mission.
Brought to you as a part of Human Resources’ EMERGE program in partnership with Loyola’s Office of Sustainability and Division of Mission Integration.
February: Waste Week
February 19 - 23, 2024
Loyola’s Lake Shore, Water Tower, and Health Sciences Campuses send over 1,000 tons of materials to landfills every year. That’s more than nine times the weight of The Bean in Millennium Park. Join us for Waste Week 2024 to reconsider the waste we generate and prevent valuable materials from going to landfills.
Event details coming soon!
March: Water Week
March 18 - 22, 2024
Water is one of the most important and unifying issues. From water scarcity to water-related disasters, we depend on water for our health and economy. Celebrate water and everything it provides during Water Week 2024.
Event details coming soon!
April: Earth Week
April 15 - 22, 2024
Celebrate the week leading up to Earth Day on April 22, 2024! Earth Week is an opportunity to reflect on sustainability achievements throughout the year and refresh our commitment to protecting the earth and its inhabitants.
Monday, April 20, 2024 - (b)Earth Day Party
4:00pm - 6:00pm | TBD
As part of our annual Celebration of Students, celebrate this year's sustainability accomplishments at Loyola's annual Earth Day Celebration! Free food, entertainment, and activities will be provided.
May 1-10, 2024 - Think Green & Give Donation Move-Out Program
Sign up to volunteer to sort donations from Loyola's move-out donation program! More information and volunteer sign up available soon.
There are so many opportunities to get involved at Loyola! Keep an eye out for great events from our partners throughout the year.
October: Indigenous Peoples' Day
February: Black History Month
March: Climate Change Conference
May-June: Bike Challenge