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 fall 2015, students in the GreenHouse Learning Community will take UNIV 101 together, and each student will choose one of the following three courses:

  • ENVS 137: Foundations of Environmental Science OR
  • THEO 186: Introduction to Religious Ethics OR
  • UCWR 110 Writing Responsibly

ENVS 137 will introduce concepts that form the basis of environmental science, including elemental cycling, energy flow/transformation, and the interconnectivity among atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, and within ecosystems. Ways in which knowledge of these concepts informs policy, management and social perception to produce positive change will also be examined. This course is required for ENVS majors. Core Scientific Literacy Tier I. Dr. Bala Chaudhary, MWF 2:45–3:35, Sect 2, Class 5526

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. Core Ethics. Dr. William French, MWF 10:25–11:15, Sect 1, Class 5407.

UCWR 110 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. Mr. Michael Meinhardt, MWF 8:30–9:45, Section 43 Class 2042