Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Certified Green Business

The Searle Biodiesel Lab is a certified green business with the Illinois Green Business Association!

"IGBA offers a green business certification program to recognize businesses that go beyond environmental compliance. A green business is an environmental leader within the community that encourages environmentally efficient operations and sustainable practices in the workplace. These businesses seek to identify opportunities that increase economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Sustainability is not achieved in one fell swoop but in many small steps."

The certification process tracks and challenges us to improve our environmental impact in nine areas:

  • Energy Conservation
  • Water Conservation
  • Waste Reduction and Recycling
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Transportation
  • Landscape
  • General Employee Practices
  • Purchasing
  • Community Development

We are committed to operating our student-run enterprise in the most environmentally conscious way possible. We balance our triple bottom line: finance, environment, and community. From the products that we sell and where we source our materials all the way to how our students get to work, we have worked with the IGBA to implement industry best practices.