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Sustainability Resources


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.

Event Schedule


Waverly 32nd Street Farmers' Market

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.


Baltimore Environmental Film Series at Loyola University

The Falconer (Kaempfer, 2020)

February 7, 6 PM

Knott Hall B03 (Northeast Corner of Charles Street and Coldspring Lane)

The Falconer is a story of second chances: for injured birds of prey, for an abandoned plot of land, for a group of teenagers who have dropped out of high school, and for Rodney Stotts. This documentary follows master falconer Rodney Stotts on his mission to build a bird sanctuary and provide access to nature for his community. The director weaves Rodney's mission with the story of his past, both of which are deeply rooted in issues of social and environmental injustice, and consistently orient the viewer to his worldview: nature heals.

A Q&A with Rodney Stotts and an educational bird of prey liaison from Rodney's Raptors will be held immediately after the film screening.

This event is presented in collaboration with African & African American Studies and the Karson Institute and sponsored by the Center for Humanities.

Free and open to the public. 

Clear Day Thunder: Rescuing the American Chestnut (Murphy & Wood, 2023)

March 20, 6 PM

Loyola Notre Dame Library Auditorium

This documentary film tells the story of passionate citizen scientists and researchers working to restore this ecologically and economically important species, during this pivotal moment. The tree that forged a connection with humankind has been embraced in turn by humans who, invigorated by hope, are working tirelessly to revive this magnificent tree -- so that it can once again help shape the future.

Following the film, Dr. David Gordon, Philosophy, will lead a Q&A with Karl Mech, president of the Maryland chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation.

 Sponsored by the Center for Humanities. Free and open to the public.

The Letter - a message for our Earth (Brown, 2022)

April 11, 6 PM

Loyola Notre Dame Library Auditorium

The Letter, tells the story of a journey to Rome of frontline leaders to discuss the encyclical letter Laudato Si’ with Pope Francis. The exclusive dialogue with the Pope, included in the film, offers a revealing insight into the personal history of Pope Francis and stories never seen since he became the Bishop of Rome.

Following the film, Dr. Bernadette Roche, Biology, will lead a discussion with the audience about the film.

Sponsored by the Center for Humanities. Free and open to the public. 


Gator Thrift 

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.


Earth Week 2024 

Earth Week 2024 will be celebrated April 22 - 27! Check out the Loyola Office of Sustainability's Earth Week 2024 website for a list of exciting Earth Week-related events! 

Notre Dame of Maryland University's Plant It! 2024 is on Tuesday, 4/23, from 8:30 am to 3 p.m. on Doyle Lawn. Help plant 2024 flowers and 88 trees on campus for Earth Day 2024!  This is open to all members of the NDMU community. A sustainable lunch from 12-1pm will be provided for all volunteers. The team with the most points (each tree is worth 10 points, each flower is worth 1) will win Taharka ice cream! 

What is sustainability?

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.