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.
In fall 2014, students in the GreenHouse Learning Community will take UNIV 101 together, and each student will choose one of the following two courses:
ENVS 137 Foundations of Environmental Science OR
THEO 186 Introduction to Religious Ethics
ENVS 137 begins with the basic science of the environment and builds from this into an analysis of global ecology and some of the environmental problems confronting humanity. Students will conduct on-campus projects that require gathering original data. (This course is similar to UCSF137 and is the first course for majors in Environmental Studies.) All prospective majors should take it, and non-majors are also welcome. Core Scientific Literacy Tier I
THEO 186 explores fundamental moral sources and methods in Christian ethics in dialogue with the ethical understandings of at least one other religious tradition. As religion is a powerful shaper of ideas and human action, we will examine some of the resources that different religious traditions of the world offer for promoting ecological responsibility, by seeing how they describe nature, how they evaluate nonhuman nature’s relationship to humanity, how they define “community” to include or exclude the nonhuman world, and how they relate or do not relate the “sacred” to the natural world.
In spring 2015 they will take a core second tier class in environmental science or a core philosophy class.