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 2013-2014, 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
GreenHouse is involved with programs and initiatives related to sustainability on campus, in the City of Chicago, and around the globe. Students in the community have toured the Smart House at the Museum of Science and Industry, participated in critical mass bike rides, made community meals from locally grown foods purchased at Loyola's own farmers market, and shared sustainable meals with faculty at the worlds greenest restaurant located right here in Rogers Park... just to list a few. The community shares a strong relationship with Loyola's Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy and opportunities exist for students to engage in the Center's many programs and initiatives, such as the Biodiesel Lab, Loyola Retreat and Ecology Campus, recycling education programs, and the Light Bulb Exchange.
Typically, GreenHouse students take 4 credits together in the Fall semester and 3 credits together in the Spring semester. Sophomore and transfer students take 3 credits together in the Fall semester only. 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. Specific course information for 2013-2014 will be posted in the coming months.