Loyola University Maryland Uses River of Recyclables to Examine Consumption and Sustainability

In the spring of 2016, Loyola University Maryland partnered with Baltimore activist artist Bridget Parlato to create an art installation and catalyst for conversation on sustainability named the “River of Recyclables.” The public art project, a collaborative effort involving students from Loyola’s studio arts program, members of the Environmental Action Club, faculty and Taylor Casalena, a staff member of the university’s sustainability initiatives, used more than 3,500 plastic bottles and cans to create a river in the quad at the heart of Loyola’s campus. Casalena said they “designed the project to involve and inspire the Loyola community on the topic of sustainability,” with the goal of “becoming stronger stewards of our environment.”

The “river” served as a conversation starter for hundreds of students and university community members to reflect on sustainability questions large and small, from practical awareness of recycling in Baltimore to larger questions of caring for our common home raised in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’. This video captures images of the art installation as well as reflections on its impact: 

The Fall 2016 magazine Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education looks at ways Jesuit institutions have responded to Laudato Si’, featuring initiatives at Fairfield University, Wheeling Jesuit University, and Canisius College. For the online edition click here.

Recent News

Nov. 8, 2019 - Pope Francis recently addressed 210 participants in the congress of the 50th anniversary of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, accompanied by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa SJ.

Nov. 6, 2019 - Last month, hundreds of Jesuit-educated alumni and friends of the Society gathered at 23 parishes and schools for the fifth annual Jesuit Friends and Alumni Sunday Masses.

Fr. Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., is appointed the first provincial for the Jesuits USA East Province. He will assume office on July 31, 2020.

Father General Arturo Sosa, SJ, has officially decreed the uniting of the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces into one USA East Province, effective July 31, 2020.

The Jesuits of Washington, D.C. joined together at Georgetown’s Dahlgren Chapel to celebrate those with jubilee years in the Society of Jesus.

October 10, 2019 — Jesuits urge Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan to promote moral and ethical treatment of migrants.

Youth preparing for Confirmation at St. Peter Church in Charlotte, NC, helped plant 300 trees as part of the Season of Creation - Feast of St. Francis.

view all news

Search news


JESUITS Magazine: Spring/Summer 2019

JESUITS Magazine: Fall/Winter 2018

JESUITS Magazine: Summer 2018

Ignatius House Retreat Center
For more than 50 years, the Ignatius House Retreat Center has been open to individuals of all faiths seeking a closer relationship with God.