The Loyola community is gearing up for a handful of events to celebrate Earth Day. While Earth Day itself falls on April 22, there are events all throughout the month to encourage the beautification and preservation of our earth and environment.

Loyola Community Relations is partnering up with 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman, 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore, Illinois Senator Heather Steans, and Representative Kelly Cassidy to sponsor a series of events to clean up and promote environmentally friendly practices in the Edgewater and Rogers Park neighborhoods. The events, called North Lake Shore Earth Day 2013, fall on April 13 and April 20 in the 49th and 48th Wards, respectively.

There will be three projects on both days. On April 13, participants can help out at a dune restoration site on Loyola Beach, transport computers and other machines that are safe for recycling, and assess which multi-unit buildings in the Ward require recycling bins.

The projects scheduled for April 20 are weeding at the Vedgewater Community Garden, painting and beautifying the fence at Cochran Park, and preparing the Edgewater Gateway Garden for spring gardening.

Additionally, on April 16, Loyola student group Enactus is partnering with GREENOLA style, a Chicago-based fair trade and sustainable fashion brand that seeks to empower women by helping give them a greater sense of self awareness and community, to host an event promoting the eco-friendly company. The event will be held on the second floor of the new Damen Student Center and will feature feature a fashion show, appetizers, goodie bags, and a raffle.

The Loyola community is also encouraged to participate in the Morton Arboretum’s Arbor Week activities. Spanning from Sunday, April 21 to Sunday, April 28, the arboretum is hosting events to celebrate the importance and natural beauty of trees. Events include tree and plant planting, an Arbor Day 10K, learning about different kinds of trees, and a plant sale. In addition to celebrating Arbor Week at the arboretum, the Loyola community will also plant trees around the Lake Shore Campus and Retreat and Ecology Campus.

Check out all the sustainability events happening throughout the year at the Office of Sustainability’s calendar.

For more information on North Lake Shore Earth Day 2013 and to register for one or both of the events, please click here.

Visit GREENOLA style’s Facebook page to learn more about the company.

For a full listing of Morton Arboretum’s Arbor Week activities, please click here.