Loyola University Chicago

Residence Life



Volunteering at the Gale Elementary School greenhouse

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.

GreenHouse is located in San Francisco Hall, a new Gold LEED Certified hall that opened in 2013. 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.

Curricular Requirements


In spring 2016, students in the GreenHouse Learning Community will choose one of the following courses:

  • SOCL 101: Society in a Global Age
  • UCWR 110: Writing Responsibly


SOCL 101  Society in a Global  Age:  Section 7 Class 3472   TTh 10:00-11:15


As a foundational course in the social science core, students will explore how we understand humans in their social and global world.  As part of the GreenHouse Learning Community, there is an extra focus throughout the semester (but especially in the final third of the class) on issues about the environment, health, and global society.  Core Social and Cultural Knowledge Tier I. 


UCWR 110   Writing Responsibly:  Section 29  Class 2296 TTh 8:30-9:45


Writing Responsibly instructs students in the conventions of academic writing. Students will develop flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing their writing and will receive instruction in how to write clear, error free prose. Students will learn responsibility to their readers, to their sources, and to themselves as writers.  This class will include writing about environmental issues for a broad public.  Core Writing Seminar.