GreenHouse is home to students who are passionate about the relationship between people and nature. Students explore ways in which we can all use fewer natural resources and learn how to become agents of change for a more sustainable society. Members of the Green LC engage in Loyola’s initiatives to develop a more sustainable campus, explore ways that the City of Chicago is making strides toward a more sustainable city, and experience much of the nature Chicago has to offer, such as the beautiful lake front, forest preserves, and countless farmers’ markets.
In 2014-2015, GreenHouse will move to San Francisco Hall, a brand new Gold LEED Certified hall that will open this Fall. The building features a green house, clean energy laboratory, and a "green" cafe.
Activities and Programs
The community shares a vibrant relationship with Loyola's Institute of Environmental Sustainability and connects with others across campus and in the community. Students have opportunities to get involved in many of the Institute's programs and initiatives such as the Biodiesel Production Lab, Loyola Retreat and Ecology Campus, energy and waste reduction campaigns, and recycling. These are just a few engaging activities students participate in that raise awareness in the Loyola community - truly a GreenHouse community of growing sustainability.
First-year GreenHouse students take 4 credits together in the Fall semester and 3 credits together in the Spring semester. This provides wonderful opportunities to connect through coursework with peers in the community but also ample opportunity to meet friends from outside the community. Faculty members who teach in GreenHouse also participate with students in activities and events outside the classroom, allowing students to develop stronger relationships with faculty members from their first day on campus.