Converting Waste into Energy
The Clean Energy Program is part of Loyola's Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES). The Clean Energy Program focuses on production, research, and outreach efforts centered on utilizing waste products to create energy. Our product line is designed to utilize university and lab waste to make usable products. Our student-run enterprise is the first and only school operation licensed to sell biodiesel in the United States, and is a certified green business with the Illinois Green Business Association.
In the Fall of 2007, the first Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP): Biodiesel class started to explore biodiesel production on Loyola's Lakeshore Campus. This interdisciplinary research program offers courses that bring together students, faculty, staff, and community mentors to engage in interdisciplinary discussion and action around issues of environmental sustainability.
The Clean Energy Program offers educational opportunities through:
The Clean Energy Lab is primarily run by student fellows and students in our Biofuels Lab Course. These students oversee the production and sale of:
We hope that this Clean Energy Program can serve as a model for the rest of the university and general public. We seek to reduce the goods brought onto campus and the waste leaving campus by more efficiently using what we already have.