Metrics & Audits
Sustainability requires that we measure and monitor our performance to improve in each of the environmental focus areas. Many different metrics can be used to assess the University.
Take a look at how Loyola is doing in each of our environmental focus areas and more by downloading our Loyola University Chicago Sustainability Dashboard (updated July 2012).
The Office of Sustainability is currently preparing to submit our report to the Clean Air-Cool Planet, Campus Carbon Calculator, after which we can make measurable progress toward the goals that we identify in this report. Results will be posted here when available in 2013.
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has created a self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance called Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). Loyola will submit our application to receive a STARS rating in early 2013. Results will be posted here when available.
In addition, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities has collaborated with other Catholic groups to produce a guide for integrating sustainability into higher education, while grounding this process in the Catholic mission and identity. The result is the Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration.
Greenhouse Gas Inventories
- 2008 Greenhouse Gas Inventory
- Narrative for 2008 GHG Inventory
- 2011 Greenhouse Gas Inventory
- Narrative for 2011 GHG Inventory
- 2008 to 2011 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Use Report
In February, 2012, we surveyed Loyola faculty and staff on alternative transportation with the MPC Commuter Options Survey administered by the Metropolitan Planning Council. They found that 64% of LSC employees live within a five mile radius of that campus, and nearly 60% use an alternative to driving alone when commuting to work.
In May and June of 2012, the Office of Sustainability distributed a survey through the Pulse Survey on the broader topics of sustainability to help assess knowledge and understanding at Loyola. The environmental focus areas addressed in this survey include energy, waste, water, transportation, food, biodiversity and climate change. Survey results will help inform the strategic planning process in the Fall of 2012 through Spring 2013. The Pulse Summary and the Pulse Full Report are available.
In addition, many internal metrics are regularly tracked to enable Loyola to react to problem areas and display our successes back to the University. This graph shows the reduction in electric and natural gas energy use on the Lake Shore Campus from 2001 to 2010, with projections for 2014 of a 70% overall reduction.
The following graph displays the total rate of recycling on the Water Tower and Lake Shore Campuses combined. In the past 5 years, we have achieved a consistent improvement in the percentage of our waste stream that is diverted from the landfill.