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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 behaviours follow our principles and goals.

Faith-driven Activism on Campus 

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

Student-Driven Ban on Bottled Water

Loyola students voted to ban the sale of bottled water on campus, viewing access to water as a fundamental human right. 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...

Biodiesel

It began as a set of undergraduate class projects in 2008 to address wasteful energy practices. The creation of biodiesel fuel from cafeteria fryer waste vegetable oil has become a fully operational business. Read more...

ChainLinks

Students now operate all aspects of this exciting new bike rental and repair business. Read more...

On-Campus Leadership

Many students, faculty and staff joined the Office of Sustainability Strategic Planning process and other groups have organized highly successful sustainability committees. Read more...

Policy

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

Urban Agriculture

The Urban Agriculture Demonstration Gardens Project provides interactive, real-world educational tools for the entire Loyola community. Read more...

Loyola Farmers Market

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

Green Threads: Aramark 

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

Annual Sustainable Dinner

Loyola's Gannon Center for Women & Leadership sponsors a sustainable dinner each year, focusing on the ethics of sustainable food that is sourced locally. Read more...

Think Green & Give

During move-out each May, students are encouraged to donate un-needed items to charity through the Think Green & Give event. Read more...

University Recycling

Loyola keeps moving up the ranks each year in this nationwide recycling competition. Read more...

Composting

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

Migtratory Birds 

Loyola students work with facilities managers to make our buildings "bird-safe" during migratory season. Read more...

Environmental Stewardship on Alumni Service Days

Loyola sponsors various service-related events for Alumni to gather and contribute to community, a few of which incorporate environmental stewardship. Read more...

Student Organizations

Loyola student groups are actively promoting conservation through a variety of activities and initiatives. Read more...

Earth Hour

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

Public Transportation

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...

Biking

Biking is a popular and sustainable choice at Loyola, especially at our two lake front campuses located along multiple bike paths. Read more...

Walking

Loyola's neighborhoods offer plenty of safe, accessible sidewalks for everyone to enjoy. 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...

Climate Change

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

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Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660 · Phone: 773-508-2130 · IES@luc.edu

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