Large-Scale Breakout Sessions

Saturday, 11/4, 8:20-9:10 PM

Panel Topic: Environmental Justice

Cecilia Calvo

Senior Advisor on Environmental Justice, Jesuit Conference

Cecilia Calvo develops and leads the environmental justice efforts of the Jesuit Conference, collaborating with province social ministry offices, Jesuit institutions and Jesuit-affiliated works abroad. Calvo is an expert on environmental issues, including climate change, children’s health and natural resource policy, and has worked domestically and internationally to help respond to these challenges. Her passion for the social justice dimensions surrounding environmental concerns stems from the impact of environmental degradation on the lives, health and rights of poor and vulnerable people. Previously, Calvo worked at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), where she coordinated the education, outreach and advocacy efforts of the USCCB Environmental Justice Program. In this capacity, she played a key role in the promotion of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ to further dialogue, understanding and reflection on ways to live out this landmark papal teaching. Her prior experience also includes research and analysis of environmental and natural resource issues in Latin America; work in the field of mediation and conflict resolution; and management of environmental programs at Target Corporation. Calvo holds a master’s degree in law and diplomacy with a concentration in international environment and resource policy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and Spanish from Wellesley College.

Aaron N. Durnbaugh

Director of Sustainability, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Loyla University Chicago

Aaron Noble Durnbaugh, supports the 16,000 students and 4,000 faculty and staff across 5 campuses and 3 academic centers at Loyola University Chicago in creating the most sustainable and transformative education experience possible. Working across the curriculum, culture and campuses of Loyola, Mr. Durnbaugh builds innovation and efficiency into the University’s programs and student experience focusing on water protection, energy conservation and mission-driven sustainability action. He currently serves on the Executive Advisory Council and the Board of the Chicago Wilderness Alliance, is an advisor to the Green Gigawatt Challenge and is on the Advisory Committee for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). Previously, he served as the Deputy Commissioner leading Chicago Department of Environment’s Natural Resources and Water Quality Division (NRWQ). The Department of Environment was the lead agency developing and implementing the Chicago Climate Action Plan. NRWQ educated the public on climate change issues through the Chicago Center for Green Technology, Chicago Conservation Corps, and Greencorps Chicago. NRWQ created mitigation opportunities through open space protection in the Calumet region, green infrastructure financing and various urban forestry projects. Most recently, Mr. Durnbaugh oversaw the City of Chicago’s climate adaptation strategy engaging stakeholders in built environment, public health and the natural environment. He holds a Master’s Degree in Geography and Environmental Studies and is a LEED™ accredited professional.

Elizabeth Nawrocki

Wheeling Jesuit University ’16, Loyola University Maryland ‘G19

Elizabeth Nawrocki is a current graduate student in the Master of Theological Studies Program at Loyola University Maryland. She has been engaged in environmental justice issues while working at the Appalachian Institute at Wheeling Jesuit University as well as L’Arche Farm in Tacoma, WA where she spent a year with JVC Northwest. Her life and engagement with these issues are continually inspired by works of ecofeminist and liberation theologians.

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