Loyola University Chicago continually strengthens its sustainability efforts. The Department of Residence Life strives to participate in a wide spectrum of sustainability efforts. See below for a list of current sustainability projects within Residence Life and our campus partners.
|Sustainability Features & Programs|
|Low Flow Shower Heads||These are installed in all of our facilities. Low flow shower heads save water and energy. While a conventional showerhead uses 18 to 27 liters or more per minute, the low-flow type uses approximately 9 to 11 liters per minute, with some models using even less.|
|Dual Flush Toilets||As we renovate and design our new facilities, dual flush toilets are being installed. On average a 3.5 gpf toilet uses around 27,300 gallons of water per year. By comparison the 1.6 gpf toilet uses only 12,500 gallons per year. That is less than half as much water. With the average toilet using up to 30% of the daily water flow in a standard home, it is a great way to cut back on your environmental footprint.|
|Light Bulb Exchange||Improving energy efficiency is an easy way to reduce pollution. During this initiative, a free CFL is exchanged for an incandescent bulb. This gives students a chance to try first hand energy efficient lighting alternatives without having to buy them. It also ensures that old light bulbs, which are considered hazardous waste, are properly disposed of. Through this program, Students learn about the importance of energy efficiency, particularly through the use of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) and light emitting diodes (LED), properly disposing of household hazardous wastes, and the importance thinking globally when considering the environment.|
|"Green" Residence Hall (Coming Fall 2013)||This will be an environmentally conscious residence hall with many "green" features. A living-learning mission throughout all aspects of the building will be incorporated. The department of Residence Life will work closely with local neighbors, as well as students, departments, faculty, and staff, during the, design processes, and academic year to set and achieve sustainability goals.|
|Water Bottle Filling Stations||Water bottle filling stations provide convenient hydration, reduces our dependency on plastic water bottles, provides a rapid fill water to quench thirst and helps minimize disposable plastic bottle waste in the environment.|
A nationwide competition for colleges ad universities to reduce waste and apply best recycling practices. Loyola is constantly ranked among the top schools by simply placing recycables in the recycling bins throughout the campus.
|Think Green and Give||
Think Green and Give is a charitable collection event in which gently used, clean clothing and household items, and nonperishable unopened food/toiletries are collected at the end of the academic year when students move out of the residence halls for the summer. Various collection stations are placed around campus, including our residence halls.
|Trayless Dining||Saves food waste-removing trays reduces food waste by 25%-30%
Saves water- each tray needs 1/3 to ½ gallon of headed water to clean
Each individual is saving almost 500 gallons of water annually
Saves energy and reduces our dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels
Saves cleaning agents which can pollute our water supply
We use Earth Plus napkins, made of 100% post consumer materials; discarded fryer oil is donated to support the Biodiesel Lab; cardboard, aluminum and paper recycling programs are used in all dining locations; organic produce, meat and seafood products are used; energy efficient dishwasher at Lakeshore Dining Hall; “Green Cleaning” products used in dining locations.
|Think Globally. Eat Locally.||Loyola Dining Services supports local farms and vendor programming. The average food product travels on average thousands of miles to get to your plate. Industrial Food production accounts for over half of agricultural carbon emissions. Livestock accounts for 1/3 of methane gas emissions in the United States Food processing and packaging uses 14 billion gallons of gasoline every year.|
It sounds almost too simple, but don't forget that you can save a lot of energy, and therefore money, by making sure to turn off the lights when you leave a room. So get in the habit of flipping those switches when you leave a room. It's an environmental value that will last a lifetime, and carry over into other areas.