Loyola University Chicago

Workshop Participant Bios

Aaron Durnbaugh, M.S.

Title/s: Director of Sustainability

E-mail: adurnbaugh@luc.edu


Aaron Noble Durnbaugh is the Director of Sustainability for Loyola University Chicago, supporting 16,000 students, 1,100 faculty and 700 staff across 5 campuses and 3 academic centers in creating the most sustainable and transformative education experience possible. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the Chicago Wilderness Alliance. Working across the curriculum, culture and campuses of Loyola, he builds innovation and efficiency into the University’s programs and student experience focusing on water protection, energy conservation and mission-driven sustainability action. Mr. Daurnbaugh holds a master’s degree in geography and environmental Studies and is a LEED™ accredited professional.

Previously, he served as the Deputy Commissioner with Chicago Department of Environment’s Natural Resources and Water Quality Division (NRWQ) which educated the public on climate change issues through the Chicago Center for Green Technology, Chicago Conservation Corps, and Greencorps Chicago. Mr. Durnbaugh oversaw the City of Chicago’s climate adaptation strategy engaging stakeholders in built environment, public health and the natural environment. Some of his publications and reports include: “Vibrant Cities and Urban Forests: A National Call to Action” (2011), “Vertical Farms for Chicago Report” (2011), “Nature and Wildlife Plan Update” (2011).