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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 26, 2022 - September 2, 2022

Welcome to Loyola! The Office of Sustainability is thrilled to partner with Student Activities & Greek Affairs (SAGA) to host events throughout Welcome Week focused on getting involved in sustainability on campus and the neighborhood. Visit https://www.luc.edu/welcomeweek/ for more information and links to all Welcome Week events. 


Sunday, August 28, 2022 - Glenwood Sunday Farmers Market Walk & Tour

10:00am - 12:00pm 

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 30, 2022 - How to Live Green at Loyola

5:00pm - 6:30pm | 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, September 1, 2022 - Lakefront Bike Tour

5:00pm - 7:00pm 

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.

To rent a bike in advance, contact Chainlinks at chainlinksluc.com or email chainlinksloyola@gmail.com.

RSVP Via LUCommunity


Friday, September 2, 2022 - 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 19 - 25, 2022

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 2022.


Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - Electric Vehicle Incentives Lunch & Learn

12:00pm - 1:00pm | Zoom

Considering buying a new car? Join the Office of Sustainability to learn more about state and federal incentives for purchasing an electric vehicle.

2022 Transportation Week Webinar Recording


Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - Heavy Duty On-Road Vehicles: Sustainability & Emissions Overview

5:30pm - 6:30pm | Zoom

Join the Office of Sustainability and Supply Chain and Sustainability Center for a virtual conversation with Chris Perzan, VP of Environment and Sustainability, and Chief Environmental Counsel at Navistar, Inc. Chris will cover some of the basics of heavy duty truck transport sustainability issues. Heavy duty vehicles are quite different than light duty cars and trucks. Chris's presentation will look at the implications of those differences for sustainability issues and provide an overview of current government action, and also action driven by sustainability standards, internal corporate goals, and customer requirements. The presentation will provide a basic introduction to the landscape, challenges, and opportunities specific to heavy duty vehicle transport in North America. 

Zoom registration link: https://luc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtdu-spzksG9NREixRg92BuPnbxPWsO_mj


Thursday, September 22, 2022 - Climate Cinema Series: Transportation Week

4:30pm - 7:00pm | Damen Cinema

Join the Office of Sustainability and School of Communication for a year-long series of sustainability films and discussion in the Damen Cinema. Transportation Week will include a screening of Snowpiercer. Interim dean and Filmmaker Elizabeth Coffman will lead discussion with Envi Advocate, Film Consultant Urooj Raja.

October: Energy Week

October 24 - 30, 2022

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 2022 to learn more about lowering your energy footprint on campus and at home.


October Events to check out before Energy Week

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - Solving the Climate Crisis: Changing Our Lightbulbs and Ourselves

4:00pm - 5:30pm | LCS McCormick Lounge

The ecological crisis requires more than reducing pollution and developing clean energy: it demands that we change our minds. Dr. Brian Henning proposes a renovated approach to cultivating sustainability -- one that requires a fundamental transformation of how we see ourselves as a species, our relationship to our planet, and how we think and act. All are invited to this in-person dialog co-hosted by the School for Environmental Sustainability and both the Theology and Philosophy Departments. 


October 6-8, 2022 - LUC DFPA Presents Somewhere

Multiple dates and times | Newhart Family Theater + Virtual Option

Somewhere is a play set in a potentially parallel timeline where a climate apocalypse has wiped out animals and insects. As an entomologist and her brother follow a migration of monarch butterflies to what they hope is the last viable place on earth, they encounter a young group that has fled the city to survive on a truffle farm. As the clock ticks for the planet’s future, characters attempt to acclimate, collaborate, and survive in a desolate new world. Somewhere speculates on climate refugee migration, science vs the supernatural, environmental sustainability, and our complex connection to the planet. Tickets can be purchased here


Friday, October 14, 2022 - Abrams Sustainable Business Challenge Kickoff

5:30pm - 7:00pm | LSC

The Abrams Sustainable Business Challenge is a year-long immersive learning experience for students who want to envision, plan, launch, and scale eco-friendly ventures or products. Simulating a real-life entrepreneurial process, teams will pitch their ideas to an esteemed panel of judges on April 21, 2023. The winning teams will receive up to $20,000 in prize money to launch their ideas. Register for the kickoff event here.


Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - The Inflation Reduction Act: Environmental Impacts

6:00pm - 7:30pm | Galvin Auditorium, Sullivan Center 1st Floor

Join Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and experts on Environmental Science, Law & Policy for a discussion on the climate provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act. Register for this event here.


Energy Week Events

Monday, October 24, 2022 - Information Tabling

2:00pm - 4:00pm | WTC Schreiber Center 

Check our the Office of Sustainability table at the Schreiber Center to learn more about sustainable features of the building and how to make your home more energy efficient. 


Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - Climate Cinema Series: Energy Week

4:30pm - 7:00pm | LSC Damen Cinema

Join the Office of Sustainability and School of Communication for a year-long series of sustainability films and discussion in the Damen Cinema. Energy Week will include a screening of The Day After Tomorrow with a discussion led by Science Fiction Scholar Dr. Ana Klimchynskaya.


Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - Solar for your Home Lunch & Learn

12:00pm - 1:00pm | Zoom

Interested in powering your home with renewable energy? The Office of Sustainability invites you to join Citizens Utility Board (CUB) for a presentation on solar and the benefits of clean energy. Listen to a CUB expert explain different solar programs and incentives you can get involved in, why clean energy is more affordable and reliable, and how policies like CEJA (Climate and Equitable Jobs Act) and the Inflation Reduction Act benefit consumers.

2022 Energy Week Webinar Recording 


Thursday/Friday, October 27/28, 2022 - Energy Scavenger Hunt

9:00am Thursday - 9:00am Friday | LSC 

Join a team or go solo in exploring the Lake Shore Campus for energy features and green buildings around campus to learn more about energy efficiency and compete for prizes! 

Register on LUCommunity

November: Food Week

November 14 - 20, 2022

Join us for Food Week 2022 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. 


Monday, November 14, 2022 - Chef's Table

5:00pm - 6:00pm | LSC Engrained Cafe

Please join Aramark on Monday November 14th in Engrained Café from 5PM to 6PM for a special Chef’s Table with a focus on sustainable food. Aramark chefs will be featuring a high level plant-based dish in observance of Sustainable Food Week. Come out to learn the benefits of eating sustainably!


Monday, November 14, 2022 - Mushroom Presentation

7:00pm - 8:00pm | LSC IES 111

Come learn about mushrooms with Urban Ag! This presentation is led by Rachel Joyce and Ericka Gonzalez Guzman from the Urban Agriculture program and will teach you about edible mushrooms, how to grow mushrooms, and the future of mushrooms in our food system.


Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - Sustainable Food Fair

11:00am - 1:30pm | LSC Damen Student Center

Join us for the Sustainable Food Fair to learn more about sustainability and food systems and how you can get involved! Located right outside Damen Dining Hall, you can visit multiple vendors and student organizations to learn about interacting sustainably with food systems. Talk with people from Midwest Foods, Engrained, Nourish LUC, A Just Harvest, and more!


Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - Climate Cinema Series: Food Week

6:00pm - 8:00pm | LSC Damen Cinema

Join the Office of Sustainability and School of Communication for a year-long series of sustainability films and discussion in the Damen Cinema. Food Week will include a screening of We Are Tuvalu with a discussion led by John Goheen and SOC Alumni Producers. 


Wednesday, November 15, 2022 - Fair Trade Coffee

11:00am - 1:00pm | LSC Engrained Cafe

Warm up with free Fair Trade coffee and learn about coffee production and what Fair Trade means outside of Engrained! 


Wednesday, November 15, 2022 - Plant-Based Eating

12:30pm - 2:00pm | LSC Damen Dining Hall

Please join Terese Sinal for an Aramark tabling event on Plant-Based Eating! Terese will be discussing the benefits of eating plant-based while providing a fun interactive activity for all to participate. Don’t miss the chance to meet with Aramark’s Dietitian about plant-based eating! 


Wednesday, November 15, 2022 - Herbal Medicine Workshop

6:00pm - 7:30pm | LSC Cuneo 104

Join us for a hands-on workshop on herbal preparations with Claire Nusekabel (she/her) and Alyssa Alcordo (she/her)- two Loyola alum who have spent their post grad time in the world of sustainable agriculture. Come learn some basics of identifying, harvesting, and preparing common herbs for medicinal uses. Get inspired! Bring a friend! Make a take home salve (supplies limited)!


Thursday, November 17, 2022 - Supply Chain & Sustainability Summit

9:00am - 3:00pm | WTC Schreiber Center

The annual Supply Chain and Sustainability Summit, hosted by Loyola’s Supply Chain and Sustainability Center, convenes a cross-section of diverse supply chain professionals to share practical and innovative solutions to the supply chain challenges of today and tomorrow. The daylong, in-person convening will feature panel discussions, networking, and a keynote speaker – and will highlight topics related to the Center’s yearlong focus on food waste and food insecurity. 


Friday, November 18, 2022 - Compost Bucket Training

1:00pm - 2:15pm | LSC Damen 216

Interested in participating in Loyola's FREE Compost Bucket Program for students, staff, and faculty? Join us for an in-person training and learn more about www.luc.edu/compost

February: Waste Week

February 20 - 26, 2023

Loyola’s Lake Shore, Water Tower, and Health Sciences Campuses send over 1,200 tons of materials to landfills every year. That’s more than ten times the weight of The Bean in Millennium Park. Join us for Waste Week 2023 to reconsider the waste we generate and prevent valuable materials from going to landfills.

March: Water Week

March 20 - 26, 2023

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 2023.


Friday, March 24, 2023 - Friday Morning Seminar

10:30am - 12:30pm | Zoom

Join the Office of Sustainability and Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) for a Friday Morning Seminar featuring Peter Haas from the Center for Neighborhood Technology. 

More details and Zoom registration information coming soon! 

April: Earth Week

April 17 - 23, 2023

Celebrate the week leading up to Earth Day on April 22, 2023! Earth Week is an opportunity to reflect on sustainability achievements throughout the year and refresh our commitment to protecting the earth and its inhabitants.


Thursday, April 20, 2022 - Earth Day Celebration

4:00pm - 6:00pm | Location TBD

Celebrate this year's sustainability accomplishments at Loyola's annual Earth Day Celebration!  

More details coming soon!

Other Events

There are so many opportunities to get involved at Loyola! Keep an eye out for great events from our partners throughout the year. 

October 10-14, 2022: Indigenous Peoples' Week

  • Thursday, October 13, 7:30pm to 8:30pm - Join the Student Environmental Alliance in the 2nd floor Damen MPR for trivia, a presentation of Indigenous figures, a discussion, and a raffle where you can win books written by Indigenous authors. 
  • Friday, October 14, 7:00pm to 8:00pm - Join the Student Environmental Alliance in Cuneo 210 for a screening of the documentary "Ice Age" followed by a discussion. 

February: Black History Month

March: Climate Change Conference

June: Bike Challenge

Throughout the year, campus sustainability events provide opportunities to learn, take action, and support environmental initiatives at Loyola and beyond.