Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Our People

Aaron N. Durnbaugh

Title/s: Director of Sustainability

Specialty Area: Energy Efficiency, Strategic Planning, Public Outreach

Office #: BVM Hall 209

Phone: 773.508.7558

E-mail: adurnbaugh@luc.edu


Aaron Noble Durnbaugh, Director of Sustainability, supports the 16,000 students, 1,100 faculty and 700 staff across 5 campuses and 3 academic centers in creating the most sustainable and transformative education experience possible. Working across the curriculum, culture and campuses of Loyola, Mr. Durnbaugh builds innovation and efficiency into the University’s programs and student experience focusing on water protection, energy conservation and mission-driven sustainability action. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Chicago Wilderness

Alliance and is a member of the Vibrant Cities and Urban Forest Task Force.

Previously, he served as the Deputy Commissioner with Chicago Department of Environment's Natural Resources and Water Quality Division (NRWQ). Department of Environment was the lead agency developing and implementing the Chicago Climate Action Plan. NRWQ educated the public on climate change issues through the Chicago Center for Green Technology, Chicago Conservation Corps, and Greencorps Chicago. NRWQ created mitigation opportunities through wetland protection in the Calumet region, green infrastructure financing and various urban forestry projects. Most recently, Mr. Durnbaugh oversaw the City of Chicago’s climate adaptation strategy engaging stakeholders in built environment, public health and the natural environment.

He holds a Master's Degree in Geography and Environmental Studies and is a LEED™ accredited professional.