Academic Programs & Curricula
Loyola University Chicago launched the exciting new Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) in the fall of 2013. The Institute is a combination of the Degree Programs and the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy. The blending of these two areas of environmental research and education enables the Institute to develop new academic programs in sustainability. The Office of Sustainability is housed at the Institute.
- IES is LEED certified with a target of Gold
- The Institute includes a field research station at Loyola's Retreat and Ecology Campus
The new IES facility combines a green residence hall, greenhouse, aquaponics, an alternative energy lab, classrooms, offices, several laboratories, and a cafe with an emphasis on sustainability. Incorporating these various programs under one roof ensures students achieve a transformative learning experience.
Those in the building will benefit from extensive real-time energy and water usage monitoring for occupant education. This will help students learn to recognize conservation behaviors among their peers.
Future expansion of the Institute will allow faculty and students to collaborate outside the classroom in faculty research projects, which will enhance students' educational experience.