Loyola University Maryland

Sustainability at Loyola

Laudato Si' Commitment

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In 2021 Loyola University Maryland committed to being part of the first cohort of Laudato Si’ universities, agreeing to advance the following 7 goals:

  1. Respond to the Cry of the Earth

  2. Respond to the Cry of the Poor

  3. Foster Ecological Economics

  4. Adopt Sustainable Lifestyles

  5. Foster Ecological Education

  6. Foster Ecological Spirituality

  7. Build Community Resilience & Empowerment

To advance these goals, Loyola has put together a Laudato Si’ working group to develop a plan to implement, assess, and adjust these efforts over the next 7 years. Priority will be given to efforts that advance more than one goal at a time, demonstrating the concept of integral ecology. Integral Ecology refers to the integrated and holistic approach to political, social, economic, and environmental problems by recognizing that many of the issues we face are interconnected and need to be looked at as a whole, not just in part. The Laudato Si’ commitment not only builds upon our sustainability efforts, it connects this work with our mission and core values as Jesuit institution of higher education.

To learn more about the Laudato Si’ commitment and how universities are responding, check out the University Pathways webpage here.  

Laudato Si’ (LS) Stewards Program

We need stewards that are passionate about our campus community and sustainability. If there is an initiative that you are passionate about and want to spend the semester or year working to advance it, please sign up!

LS Stewards will:

  • Make an impact on campus
  • Develop and create a project that you can be proud of
  • Develop professional skills
  • Have something you can talk about when you interview
  • Become part of the Laudato Si’ commitment
  • Work with students from other universities to share your ideas and learn from their efforts

*Please note that this is not a paid opportunity.

Requirements of the program:

  1. Submit a one-page proposal for your project
    1. Explain how this work relates to the LS commitment
    2. Goals & outcomes (must be realistic for limited time)
    3. A brief timeline of the project
  2. Meet with the sustainability program about the proposal
  3. Submit an end-of-project report on your progress and next steps

*Please keep in mind that since this is not a paid position you will only be able to spend a limited time on this project and therefore must be realistic about the what can be achieved.

You are welcome to submit proposals on any LS-related topics but below are some efforts that are also a priority for Loyola.

  1. Recycling engagement
  2. Composting research
  3. Identify sustainability-related courses offered on campus
  4. Help promote sustainable dining
  5. Help develop sustainability resources

Contribute to the Laudato Si’ Fund

Are you interested in helping to fund this work? Loyola has created a new Laudato Si’ fund to help support the advancement of the 7 goals.

For more information please email bmschultz@loyola.edu