Institute of Environmental Sustainability Now Open
The new Institute of Environmental Sustainability facility includes classrooms, faculty offices, research and teaching labs, a clean energy lab, an urban agricultural greenhouse, a green café. It shares common spaces with San Francisco Hall, a new residence hall that houses the green learning community – freshmen and sophomores who share classes and co-curricular activities and engage in Loyola’s initiatives to develop a more sustainable campus.
An emphasis on academics
The institute houses Loyola's nationally recognized sustainability programs and prepares student to become leaders in environmental research, policy, and justice. Several bachelor's and master's degree options are available.
For years, our professors have been conducting research to address some of the world's most-pressing environmental issues. Now, with state-of-the-art labs, they'll be able to do even more.
Beyond the classroom
Whether you've been living sustainably your whole life or are just starting out, Loyola has a program for you. From recycling to urban farming, we can show you how to live a greener life.
A partial list of features includes:
- 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 dorm for freshmen and sophomores
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