Welcome to the second annual Spotlight Series--a partnership between Notre Dame of Maryland University, Loyola University Maryland, and the Loyola Notre Dame Library. Serving both campuses and the broader Baltimore community, the series will highlight opportunities during the fall 2023 - spring 2024 academic year for engaged learning on the intersection of environmental sustainability and social justice.
June 2023 - September 2023
Featuring fresh produce and nutritious foods from local vendors and just steps away from Loyola's and Notre Dame's campuses, the Govans Farmers' Market occurs every Wednesday from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. June through September at 5104 York Road. The market is part of Loyola's York Road Initiative.
Year-round, Saturdays from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.
With a host of local vendors selling fresh produce, meats, baked goods, and more, the Waverly 32nd Street Farmers' Market is open year-round, rain or shine, at 400 E 32nd Street.
September 27, 2023, 5:30 p.m.
Loyola Notre Dame Library Auditorium
Flint: Who Can You Trust?
Documentary about the environmental crisis in Flint, Michigan to be screened at Loyola Notre Dame Library's screening room.
October 2, 2023, 7 p.m. online
Drawing on Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Care for our Common Home, Laudato Si’, this conversation will provide an overview of Catholic Social Teaching on Care for Creation. Panelists, including Daniel Castillo, Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland, will explore key themes of the Church’s position on environmentalism and discuss the role of active nonviolence and intergenerational peacemaking in achieving Pope Francis’ vision for a Laudati Si’ Future. This event is part of the CALLED TO CARE Fall Series on Nonviolence & Care for Creation.
October 17, 2023, 11 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Community Day is a Notre Dame of Maryland University tradition and an opportunity for the campus community to engage with its School Sisters of Notre Dame heritage. The 2023 theme will be grounded in the University’s commitment to Laudato Si’. The keynote address will be from 11 am - 12 pm in LeClerc Theatre. Following the keynote, all attendees will be invited to share in a community lunch in Doyle Dining. Afterwards, faculty, staff and students will join for facilitated workshops held throughout campus from 1 pm - 1:45 pm and 2 pm - 2:45 pm.
Wednesdays - Fridays, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Gator Thrift is a free thrift store open to all Notre Dame of Maryland University students, faculty, and staff made possible through partnerships with Sharp Dressed Man and Dress for Success. Located in Theresa Hall 116 and Theresa Hall 122, Gator Thrift emphasizes access and sustainability. The program has expanded this year to include Gator Thrift on the Go community pop-ups at the Govans Branch Library. Gator Thrift is open W-F from 12-4 for students, faculty, and staff to shop, and a donation box for gently used, clean clothing can be found in the Library's Gallery.
Dates / Times to be determined
Loyola University Maryland's Office of Sustainability plans this event. Programming to be determined.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, sustainability "is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations."
With an emphasis on the intersection of environmental sustainability and social justice, the Loyola Notre Dame Library views sustainability as a key component of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.