Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Culture

 Sustainability is at the core of our values at Loyola University Chicago. The Reverend Gregory F. Lucey, S.J., and President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities has noted that

"Ignatian spirituality seeks to find God in all things, including the natural world. The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities [LUC is a member institution] recognizes that environmental stewardship is an integral part of both [the] Catholic mission and Jesuit spirituality."

From this foundation of values and beliefs, we strive to set an example for our students, our employees, and our community.  Below are some of the many ways in which our actions and behaviors follow our principles and goals.

Sustainability Policies

By including sustainability into our practices and our policies, we institutionalize our commitment to reducing our negative impacts. Read more...

Faith-driven Activism on Campus 

Loyola’s Shareholder Advocacy Committee works to uphold our values through responsible investments. Read more...

Vendor Partners

Building a sustainable university can’t be done alone.  Loyola relies on the sustainability efforts of our partners and vendors to meet our goals.  Read more...

Car Sharing

Car-sharing is a rapidly expanding industry that provides individuals and organizations with automated, self-service, 24-hour access to a decentralized fleet of vehicles. Both Enterprise and ZipCar have numerous vehicles near campus. Read more...

Green Threads: Aramark

Loyola's dining partner, Aramark, summarizes its commitment to environmental sustainability through the Green Threads program. Read more...

Walking

Loyola's neighborhoods offer plenty of safe, accessible sidewalks for everyone to enjoy.  Almost 14% of employees walk to work. Read more...

Green Cleaning

Cleaning products used on campus meet certain green standards. Read more...

Food Access and Donations 

Increased access to healthy foods is now made possible at the farmers market and through donations of food grown on campus. Read more...

Climate Change

Loyola recognizes the impact of global climate change to vulnerable populations and ecosystems around the world and in our backyard. Read more...

Public Transit

Loyola's campuses are conveniently accessible by train and bus, and Loyola programs encourage the use of public transit by students, faculty, and staff. Read more...

Loyola Farmers Market

The Loyola's Farmers Market at our Lake Shore Campus brings local, sustainable food to the campus community. Read more...

Earth Hour & Campus Conservation Nationals

Loyola participates in Earth Hour each year, a program focused on energy conservation. Read more...

University Recycling Program

Loyola has a comprehensive campus-wide recycling program, run by Facilities Management, that engages the campus community to reduce waste and recycle. Loyola's recycling program helps students, faculty and staff better understand what can be recycled and how to reduce their carbon footprint. Read more...

Hunger Week

Loyola participates in Hunger Week each year to engage the community by standing in solidarity with those who hunger. Read more...

Composting

Loyola has multiple composting programs, including aerobic composting in our gardens and plate-waste composting in dining halls. Read more...