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The Pope Would Approve: Innovation At Loyola University Chicago Stems From Sustainability

Screen-Shot-2015-07-06-at-3.59.13-PMWhen Pope Francis released an encyclical (the Pope’s version of an open letter to the world) on climate change last month, he pulled no punches.

“The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth,” Francis said. “In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish.”

Here in Chicago, one Catholic university not only heard the Pope’s call to action on climate change, but had already hit the ground running.

“It’s in our wheelhouse, this idea of raising awareness on environmental issues and then calling for action,” said Nancy Tuchman, director of Loyola University Chicago’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES). “It not only reinforces what we do, it has encouraged us to go farther.”

Loyola Retreat and Ecology Campus: Summer Courses

bio266-1280x444This summer, take a course in Loyola’s “wilderness classroom” at the Retreat and Ecology Campus and get hands-on experience in ecology, restoration and sustainability.

Climate Change Conference: “To Tend the Earth: Responding to the Global Climate Change Crisis “

2015_01_31_P&P_Photo1Loyola University Chicago’s
Second Annual Climate Change Conference, March 19-21, 2015

Loyola University Chicago’s second annual Climate Change Conference moves beyond the sterile debate of whether global climate change exists to the theme of tending the earth. “To tend” means to pay attention to; to act as the caretaker of; to serve. This conference will unfold the implications of “To Tend the Earth” through reflection upon those ethical principles, policies, and actions needed to combat the crisis of global climate change.

Divestment: An economic solution to a social problem

WarmingRecently there has been a nationwide conversation about fossil fuel divestment. Divestment is when investors withdraw investments in certain companies for political or ethical reasons. In this case, some institutions are divesting from fossil fuel companies because they feel that these companies are acting unethically in their contributions to carbon emissions, which in turn contributes to climate change.

This campaign for fossil fuel divestment has been led by 350.org, an organization dedicated to “building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis.” So far, several religious institutions, 18 cities and two countries have made commitments to divest, but the real pressure of the campaign has been on colleges and universities.

Retreat and Ecology Campus

Loyola-University-Chicago-Retreat-And-Ecology-CampusThe Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) is ideal for students looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and spend some time connecting with nature. Located in suburban Woodstock, approximately 50 miles northeast of Chicago, the Retreat and Ecology Campus is the setting for several undergraduate student retreats, internships, and summer courses. Featuring a wide variety of habitats including ponds, wetlands, oak woods, and prairie, the campus offers a unique chance to experience and explore local biodiversity. The Retreat and Ecology Campus hosts on-site courses in ecology, environmental sciences, wetlands biology, restoration biology, and many other areas of ecological interest.

Climate Change & Higher Education Conference, Save the Date! March 19-21, 2015

midwest_goe_2010299-380x251This conference will focus on addressing some of the tough questions about our responses to climate change as institutional of higher education.

  • How do we communicate and educate about climate change/environmental issues?
  • What is the role of Jesuit universities?
  • What educational models can we use?
  • How do we leverage science and ethics?
  • How do we give people hope?
  • What are we asking people to do?
  • How do we motivate people to move beyond paralysis and into action?
  • And much more!