Purchase your fresh produce, organic meats and cheeses at Loyola's Farmers Market beginning June 6, 2016. The market will take place every Monday at the Loyola "L" Plaza and run through October 17, 2016.
IES Urban Agriculture Coordinator Kevin Erickson starts his day by biking to work at Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability. His mornings are busy as he collaborates with Rogers Park community partners about sustainable agriculture ideas or assists with student projects in Loyola’s Ecodome. In the afternoon, he’ll oversee the production on each of Loyola’s four garden sites on campus.
Last fall, a new program started at Swift Elementary School in Edgewater. Fourth grade students spent their afternoons reconnecting with the outdoors. The program taught students about sustainable gardening, and showed them how planting milkweed can save the monarch butterfly population. Loyola student Marina Garcia started the program. Garcia is an IES student studying Sustainable Agriculture and is the recipient of the 2015 Community Action Scholarship.
Last spring, Pope Francis’s landmark encyclical, Laudato Si’, called for immediate action to confront environmental degradation and climate change. Loyola University Chicago responded quickly by hosting “Caring for Our Common Home: Conversations on Ecology and Justice.” The daylong event in September 2015 gathered faculty scholars from across departments and disciplines to speak on topics including ecology, globalization, global health, and the current role and future of sustainability at Loyola.
Loyola University Chicago and the International Jesuit Ecology Project (IJEP) launched Healing Earth, a free online environmental science textbook aimed at first year university students, fourth-year secondary school students, adult learners and those most marginalized worldwide. The textbook’s goal is to heighten awareness of our planet’s environmental issues through Ignatian Pedagogy—a method that challenges students to see scientifically, evaluate ethically, reflect spiritually and act effectively.
“Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods,” the statement says. “It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”