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Environmental Roundtable Series

Environmental Roundtables are facilitated discussions of important environmental issues, hosted by the Loyola University Environment Program. Facilitators include Environment Program Faculty and guest hosts.


Spring 2022 Roundtables


February 3rd 2022 - Harry J. Vorhoff, Deputy Director of the Govornor's Office of Coastal Activities, "Zero by Fifty"



Past Environmental Roundtables 


September 8 2016 - Robert Verchick, School of Law at Loyola University. Cultural Climate Cognition, Why Smart People Deny Climate Change

September 22 2016 - Craig Hood, Department of Biological Sciences and Director of the Environment Program at Loyola University. Living in the Anthropocene: It is not and cannot be ‘Business as Usual’

October 20 2016 - Joel MacClellan, Department of Philosophy at Loyola University. “Biodiversity Conservation and the Duty to Rescue: How to Play God in the Anthropocene” 

November 2 2016 - Robert Thomas, Endowed Chair in Environmental Communications and School of Mass Communications at Loyola University. Election 2016 and the Environment - Cancelled

November 11 2016 - David White, Department of Biological Sciences at Loyola University.  "TBA: AGW, AWE, GJH, PAC, PAT, USA, then HOPE"

January 26 2017 - Anthony Rizzi, a student from the Environment Program. "How to say N.O. to Climate Change: A Student’s Survival Guide on Local Environmental Issues"

February 9 2017 - Dr. Craig Hood, Director of the Environment Program, and Mr. Josh Fox, the Oscar nominated, Emmy-winning writer/director of How to Let Go of the World. They will facilitate a discussion entitled “Let’s Talk Environment”

February 23 2017 - This roundtable is an opportunity for the Loyola community to reflect upon Josh Fox's visit Feb. 9-10th, and to discuss the work that needs to be done now to address our understanding, analyzing, and responding to local, national, and global environmental challenges.  Faculty and students from the Environment Program will initiate our roundtable discussion by providing just a few "take home questions" in short 2-3 minute comments to stimulate our group discussion.

March 23 2017 - Dr. Joon Heo, Research Fellow at the University of Michigan, will be giving a presentation on “Mapping Matters: Use of GIS Tools for Environmental Problem Solving.”

April 6 2017 - Dr. Eric Hardy and four Loyola students Max Boyce, Adrienne Ingram, Anthony Rizzi, and Brigid Richwine, all from the Environment Program attended this year’s LUC Climate Change Conference.  They will be having a panel discussion and inviting the audience to participate on finding “Loyola’s Green Glass Door: A Step into the Sustainable Future.”

September 14 2017 - Logan Atkinson Burke, Executive Director of the Alliance for Affordable Energy.  She will be leading a discussion on affordable energy and talking about student internship opportunities. 

September 28 2017 - Life by the Drop: A Forum on Water Management in NOLA. The discussion will be at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Photo Gallery click here.

October 5 2017 - How does engaging with the environment take shape across very different disciplines? 

October 19 2017 - Solar PV – The National Landscape and What’s Going on in Your Backyard by Andrew Owens Director, Regulatory Research from Entergy.  Photo Gallery click here.

November 15 2017 - Fair Share v. Lion’s Share: Cyclists’ Rights and Motorists’ Pretensions
by Jonathan Maskit, Denison University  Photo Gallery click here.

November 30 2017 - Please join us for our last scheduled Environmental Roundtable for the semester. It will be held on Thursday, November 30th in Monroe Hall room 610 at 12:30pm.This will be A Student-Centered and Student-Driven Environmental Roundtable. Share your questions and explore how to find your place in working for Environmental Sustainability.

February 8 2018 - ENVA Alums in Action - Brooke Bullock ’15, Outdoor educator, TREE, Eddy Schneider’16, Environmental Enforcement Technician, Sewage and Water Board New Orleans, Erin Knowles’15, Communications and Outreach Associate, Restore the Earth, Steven Gergen '16, Naturalist, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center as they share their adventures and experiences after Loyola.

March 8 2018 - Developing the Impact Economy: Using Capitalism as a Force for Good in New Orleans-Come hear Liz Shephard, CEO of LifeCity speak about the growing Impact Economy in New Orleans and how our economy can be used as a force for good.

March 22 2018 - The Role of Parks and Open Spaces in Building Dense, Walkable Urban Places- Come join the Environment Program and Kurt Weigle, the President & CEO of Downtown Development District (DDD).

September 13 2018 - Discovering Environmental Capstone Experiences - The Environment Program’s most important and signature student experience is the Capstone Project that our students develop and conduct in collaboration with Loyola Environment Faculty and, in some cases, other organizations outside of Loyola.

September 27 2018Instilling Environmental Literacy and Stewardship: Innovations with Technology and Experiential Learning - Guest speakers Drs. Tracy Fredin & John Shepard from Hamline University.

October 11 2018 - Swamp Wars: The Fight for The Atchafalaya Basin: Dean Wilson, founder and executive director of Atchafalaya Basinkeeper (ABK), will discuss this local NGO’s mission to protect and restore the swamps, lakes, rivers, streams and bayous of the Atchafalaya Basin for future generations.

October 25 2018 - Dusky Gopher Frogs and the ESA in Balance- A Supreme Court Decision: A Panel Discussion by Loyola Scholars on the fate of the Endangered Species Act.

November 8 2018 - Front Yard Initiative: Stormwater Management One Yard at a Time.

November 29 2018 - How To Get People To Care About Environmental Stories with Travis Lux, WWNO Coastal Reporter

February 14, 2019- Environmental Compliance for Coastal Restoration in Louisiana with Nina Reins and Jason Shackelford from Freese and Nichols. They provided info on a barrier island project and the involvement of environmental compliance required for permitting.

March 14, 2019 - Planning & Designing Stormwater in NOLA with urban designer Ramiro Diaz from Waggonner & Ball

March 28 2019- US Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District Overview with Mark Wingate, Deputy District Engineer for Project Management

April 11 2019- A Place to Land? Conservation Biology of Songbirds during Migration with Dr. Frank Moore, Distinguished Professor from The University of Southern Mississippi

September 19, 2019 - Town Hall for all ENVA Students. Meet the new Director of the Environment Program and Capstone Discussion. Come prepared to brainstorm ideas for growing the program. Also, come prepared to learn about the Capstone experience.

October 17, 2019 - Alexandra Cranford, the meteorologist at WWL "Exploring Weather Models: Patterns, Probabilities, and Precision."

October 24, 2019 - Town Hall for all ENVA students. Academic advising, DPCL questions, class listings.

November 21, 2019 - Laura Mellem, the Public Engagement Manager for the NOLA and the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. 

January 23rd, 2020 - Brooke Bullock, Executive Director of Sugar Roots Farm, "Urban Farming As An Alternative to Industrial Agriculture"

February 6th, 2020 - Marianne Cufone, Professor at the Loyola New Orleans Law school, "Farming Fish in the Gulf of Mexico - Industrial Ocean Pollution or the Future of Food?"

September 24th, 2020 - Matthew Thompson, The Links Between a Science Undergraduate Background and the Path to Law

October 22nd, 2020 - Dr. Maud Walsh, Fostering Informed Citizenship through Environmental Education and Outreach

November 5th, 2020 - Prof. John Lovett, Recreation at the Water’s Edge

September 30th, 2021 - Adrienne Katner, Developing and evaluating citizen-centric solutions to address drinking water and infrastructure injustice

October 28th, 2021 - Aimee Thomas, Townhall for all ENVA students