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Loyola Gears Up for a Week of Earth-Inspired Event
April Activities Calendar Packed with Speakers, Events and Actions for The Environment
CHICAGO, April 8, 2009 – While traditional environmentalists may be waiting until Wednesday, April 22, to celebrate Earth Day, the Loyola University Chicago community is preparing for more than a week’s worth of Earth Day events. Celebrations include the North Lake Shore Earth Day with Loyola’s surrounding neighborhoods, an art exhibition, an ecological seminar, and a food systems public forum, just to name a few.
Students of Loyola’s Catharsis Art Club will kick-off the festivities with an eco art show at the Ralf Arnold Art Annex, from April 20-24. Inviting all students, faculty, staff, and neighbors to participate, the show will feature artistic creations made from recycled materials.
On April 22, at 4 p.m., the University will host a theological/ecological Earth Day seminar at our environmentally friendly library, the Information Commons. The seminar, entitled “Could It be that the Future of the Earth Will be Glorious?,” will be led by senior research fellow John J. Haughey, S.J., from the Woodstock Theological Center. Haughey will discuss the role of humans in nature and suggest an ecological way forward that coincides with Christian thought. Following the lecture, a ceremonial tree planting will be held in the University’s new Medieval Garden.
The Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy’s (CUERP) Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) Food Systems public forum will be held on Thursday, April 23. Students from the class are hosting the public forum to educate the community about local food issues related to sustainability, and to showcase the semester-long projects they’ve been working on. A sampling of the projects include: bringing a community farmers’ market to the Loyola campus, conducting neighborhood food access research, growing food in a campus greenhouse, composting, and reforming Loyola’s food purchasing practices. Speakers will include urban food systems planner Lynn Peemoeller and Debbie Hillman of the Chicago Food Policy Advisory Council, both of which are involved in sustainable urban and rural agriculture projects.
“This is the first time we’ve offered a highly integrated course at Loyola that evaluates our industrial food system and questions its sustainability for human health, the environment, and the economy together,” says Nancy Tuchman, PhD, director of CUERP. “This event is a platform for students to showcase their food systems projects, while also presenting opportunities for future participants to learn how they too can make our campus food system more environmentally sustainable and healthy. It’s extremely timely and a perfect fit for all that Loyola is doing to honor and celebrate Earth month.”
The forum will take place in the University’s Simpson Multipurpose Room, located on the Lake Shore Campus, from 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Lastly, furthering Chicago’s reputation as a leader in environmental initiatives, the north side communities of Andersonville, Edgewater, Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, Rogers Park, Uptown, and West Ridge have again joined forces with Loyola to host the second annual North Lake Shore Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The event, held inside Loyola’s Quinlan Life Sciences Center (1050 W. Sheridan Road), includes educational programs, workshops, and speakers, and is free to the community.
About the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy
Established in 2005, the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy is an interdisciplinary program focusing on research of the urban environment and how human populations can interact with this landscape in a sustainable way. CUERP is committed to teaching and training through the integration of a variety of academic departments and the Environmental Studies/Science Program. Additionally, outreach to the local community is fundamental to CUERP’s mission of advancing the understanding and appreciation of sustainability in the urban environment. For more information, visit LUC.edu/cuerp.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,600 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S. News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in their 2009 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.