Loyola University Chicago

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Institute of Environmental Sustainability


Institute of Environmental Sustainability

6349 N. Kenmore Avenue

Loyola's new Institute of Environmental Sustainability is Gold LEED-certified and one of the most innovative buildings on the Lake Shore Campus. The facility was completed in Fall 2013 and includes a multitude of classrooms, research and teaching labs, a clean energy lab, an urban agricultural greenhouse, and a green café. It shares common spaces with San Francisco Hall, Loyola's  only green residence hall. Some features include:

  • Largest geothermal complex in Chicago, 90 geothermal wells, 500 feet deep, providing over 700 tons of cooling energy
  • Rainwater collections and reuse for greenhouse irrigation
  • Natural ventilation systems
  • Three-story high vertical farming element
  • Aquaponics system showcase
  • 3,100 square foot ecodome greenhouse
  • Sustainable food systems and urban agriculture research projects and production labs
  • State-of-the-art laboratory spaces for anthropology, environmental science, ecotoxicology
  • A clean energy lab that will allow the biodiesel program to increase fuel production by up to 100,000 gallons per year
  • Green case: featuring seasonal, local, and organic produce
  • 130,000 square foot residence hall