Loyola University Chicago's Office of Sustainability was formed in 2009 to serve as a resource to the 5 campuses, 3 academic centers, 16,000 students and 1,200 staff and faculty. Please look through this website to see what resources may assist you in finding your role in sustainability at Loyola.
The goal of the Office of Sustainability at Loyola is to support the faculty, staff, students and alumni in making the University a leader in the Chicago region and internationally among Jesuit institutions. Loyola University Chicago is embracing sustainability through our campuses, curriculum and community. Through our degrees offered, our research conducted, and our buildings constructed, a respect for our impacts to environment, economy and equality is part of decision-making at all levels.
Thank you for visiting us and please let us know if there is something we can do to make your experience with Loyola more sustainable.
Director of Sustainability
Loyola is THE sustainable Jesuit University
Our Jesuit tradition leads us to seek social justice and care for creation through local action that creates a global impact. Social enterprises such as the Biodiesel program, ChainLinks or the Retreat and Ecology Center's Student Farm create learning opportunities while improving the environment and local communities in sound financial structures. Our location in Northeastern Illinois, on the shores of Lake Michigan, allows us to understand through research and coursework, the value of our natural resources and the impacts that unsustainable development have caused. Our urban setting in Chicago connects us to our local communities and gives us opportunities for energy efficient buildings, sustainable transportation options and local engagement.
- The Institute of Environmental Sustainability has led such innovative initiatives as the Biodiesel program, Clean Air/ Clean Water monitoring, and the Healthy Homes Initiative
- Loyola has more green roofs than any other University in the Midwest
- Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus keeps over 10 million gallons of stormwater out of the combined sewer system, protecting the Chicago River and Lake Michigan
- Loyola received an A- on the 2011 Sustainability Report Card of the Sustainable Endowments Institute
- Student led initiatives have changed programs and policies from a ban on bottled water to a community farmer’s market.
Take a tour of our campus sustainability highlights in these areas: