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Campus Litter Clean Up

Congratulations to the “Green Roofs are COOL!” team for winning the People’s Choice Award of $10,000! The award will help them execute their plan to grow green roofs throughout Central City with the support of Recirculating Farms.

Thanks to all who voted for our team! Your support made a huge difference, and our win would not have been possible without the encouragement of the Loyola community.

Abigail is a second-year student but she is considered a Junior, and she is double majoring in Computer Science and Environmental Science with a Biological concentration.

Abby has been accepted into the Interdisciplinary Problem Solving in Human Dominated Wetland Ecosystems REU program at RIT in Rochester, New York. The program runs from May 28, 2024 through August 2, 2024, and includes a $6000 stipend, housing in RIT’s global village, a weekly meal allowance, and up to $500 for travel to/from RIT.

For Excellence in Research, the Senate has recognized Robert Verchick, Gauthier-St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law, College of Law for his award-winning contribution to the literature on climate change, The Octopus in the Parking Garage.

Thanks to the work of our Keep Louisiana Beautiful Affiliate team, led by Mark Tobler, Loyola has received over $4,800 to upgrade on campus recycling options.

This includes new signage and recycling stations around Monroe Hall, and a glass recycling hub at the north entrance to the West Road parking garage. The university will be partnering with Glass Half Full, a local company that processes glass into sand for disaster relief, coastal restoration and more. The stations will be on-site and functioning by Feb. 1.

Dr. David White (emeritus) from the Department of Biological Sciences and the Program in the Environment at Loyola University New Orleans with expertise in “landscape plant ecology” of greater southeastern Louisiana has published the results of an important study of nearly 3 decades of research within the Mississippi River “Birdfoot'' Delta.   The paper titled “Twenty-eight Years of Plant Community Development and Dynamics in the Balize Mississippi River Delta, Louisiana, USA '' can be found in the appropriately named international journal “Water”.

The Loyola team, “People First”  composed of six Loyola and one Tulane student won honorable mention in the global “Students Reinventing Cities” competition. Mayor LaToya Cantrell will honor Sydney Lowman, Evan Roden, Mya Butler, Leila Avery, and Natalia Arredondo in a ceremony on September 25 and has asked them to make a  30-minute presentation of their proposal to revitalize East New Orleans.

Spearheaded by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development with faculty leadership from Dr. Hood, Director of the Environment Program, an amazing team of students studying Environmental Studies, Biomedical Engineering, Classical Latin, Business Management, Economics, Humanities and Architecture (Tulane) beat out teams from Harvard, Tulane and Sapienza University of Rome. The Loyola team, “People First”  composed of four Loyola and one Tulane student won honorable mention. 

Loyola is now among Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s University Affiliates. This program engages students in environmental stewardship and sustainability practices and is the largest and most successful program of its kind in the United States. The Environment Program's Mark Tobler is the university's KLB program manager. 

Learn more about it here.

Dr. Craig Hood, director of the Environment program, and Bara Watts, executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development, led a team of students participating in the global Reinventing Cities competition. The team earned honorable mention and will present their ideas to Mayor Cantrell later this year.

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