IES LUREC Biodiversity Research Interns Catherine Pacholski (Environmental Science 2015) and Samantha Keyport (Biology 2016) have won the STEM Outstanding Loyola Undergraduate Researcher Award for 2015 awarded at this year's Weekend of Excellence. Their research was titled Ecosystem Profile Assessment of Biodiversity at LUREC.
This summer, take a course in Loyola's "wilderness classroom" at the Retreat and Ecology Campus and get hands-on experience in ecology, restoration and sustainability. Act Now! Registration closes on April 24th.
Nutrient pollution has recently been connected to adverse impacts for ecological and economic systems across the Great Lakes Region. A two-day symposium in Chicago is examining the current state of nutrient management in the Great Lakes, what policies are working and how stakeholders can work towards solutions. Founding Director of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Nancy Tuchman featured in this radio interview.
The Institute of Environmental Sustainability received LEED Gold designation in November 2014. The 217,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility at the University’s Lake Shore Campus includes clean energy and biodiesel production labs; a green house; two aquaponics systems; an ecodome; classrooms; San Francisco Hall, a 412-bedroom residence hall; and the largest geothermal heating and cooling installation in Chicago.
IES students gave a wonderful account of one early morning spent at the Boone Creek Conservation Area, near Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus doing bird counts for the McHenry County Audubon Society and the Bird Conservation Network.
The Loyola Farmers Market received funding to assist Illinois Link Card families to increase their ability to purchase more fresh, healthy local foods with Double Value Coupons for LINK-approved foods.
A Residence Hall Solar Thermal Feasibility Study was completed during the 2014 spring semester, funded by Loyola's The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), a sustainability fund for students, from students. Dana Buelsing, class of '14, was the project's student coordinator and led this effort on behalf of Loyola.
The Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) has integrated Loyola’s Environmentally based academic programs into our innovative infrastructure of research, teaching and training, and outreach.
IES offers five undergraduate programs designed to provide a solid inter-disciplinary base of knowledge then specialize in Environmental Policy, Environmental Studies or Environmental Science with optional concentrations in Food Systems & Sustainable Agriculture, Conservation & Restoration.
This spring, Loyola achieved GOLD status through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Ratings System (STARS). The STARS rating system is evaluated by reviewing a college’s curriculum, research, campus engagement, public engagement, operations (air & climate, buildings, dining services, energy, grounds, purchasing, transportation, waste, and water), and planning an administration. There are 650 institutions that have registered for the AASHE STARS reporting tool, and Loyola is one of only 61 schools that have received the GOLD ranking. Loyola is the first Jesuit institution to achieve this level.
Governor Quinn and the Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council have officially recognized Loyola as a Gold-level school for sustainability goals in higher education as established by the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.
For someone who didn’t plan on studying environmental science, Loyola alum Kelsey Horton has left her mark on the local green community. Horton, who graduated in 2012 and helped start the Loyola Farmers Market, now works at the Chicago-based Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.
Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability was awarded a $500,000 US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to implement an innovative coastal wetland restoration, invasive plant management, and renewable bio-energy production project: Furthering capacity to maintain high quality coastal wetlands in Northern Michigan.
Are you interested in taking an exciting summer field course at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) this May? Scholarships will cover housing and food expenses as well as defray some of your tuition costs.
The new Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago combines academics and research with sustainable agriculture and community living. And it does it all in one amazing facility.
Professor Ping Jing of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability recently received Loyola’s Excellence in Teaching Freshmen Award. Read more about the classes she teaches and what lessons she hopes to instill in her students.
The Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Department of Theology, Office of the President, College of Arts & Sciences and Richard A. McCormic S.J., Chair present the U.S. Energy and Climate Change: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy Conference. There will be a keynote address by James Balog, director of Chasing Ice, on Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m. The conference will be November 15 from 9 a.m - 4:00 p.m. at the Mundelein Auditorium.
The first round of sustainability projects through The Green Inititaitive Fund (TGIF) have been awarded. All projects were proposed by students or student groups and have a staff or faculty sponsor. They will also be supported by a member of the TGIF Council and Loyola’s Office of Sustainability, Facilities Department and Student Development.
Loyola University Chicago’s BioSoap has been recognized for safer chemistry by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design for the Environment program, allowing for a pilot program to make BioSoap the exclusive liquid soap used in bathrooms and locker rooms across Loyola’s campuses.
There will soon be a new buzz on campus, and this time the source will be the real thing: Loyola is getting honeybees. "We, here at Loyola, are trying to establish a healthy bee colony," said Jared Brocklehurst, 21, a junior environmental science major. “We want it to be an educational experience for other students.”
As a kickoff to RecycleMania, a two-month recycling competition among U.S. universities, Loyola is celebrating Waste Week. The idea is to help everyone on campus think about the waste we generate and what we can do to reduce it.
The Institute of Environmental Sustainability is accepting applications for multiple fellowships and internships for Summer 2014. We are seeking qualified individuals to work on projects in urban agriculture, GIS, restoration, biodiesel production, and database building. These paid student opportunities are a great way to apply your classroom knowledge to important university sustainability initiatives and build your resume. Additional information and application forms are available on the Fellowship & Internship Page.
Get healthy and sustainable fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat and prepared foods at the Loyola Farmers Market. Stop by the southwest corner of Albion and Sheridan Roads every Monday, 3-7 p.m. thru October 14.
Through a $90,000 grant funded by the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, Loyola has launched the Compost Collection Network, a new program that assists local businesses and institutions in setting up an efficient food scrap collection process.
Apply by October 1st for The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) to implement sustainability projects at Loyola. TGIF is a new initiative at LUC that supports student-run projects with the goal of improving environmental sustainability efforts relating to student life and our campus environment. Apply now!
Whether it’s a sun-drenched day or one filled with rain, the glass-draped building is designed to welcome whatever nature has to offer. It's the new Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University, and it's a breath of fresh air on a traditional college campus.
Thought leaders from Chicago, the Midwest region and across the nation will explore social justice, environmental and nutritional issues of food systems and offer innovative ways to approach local, alternative solutions from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Urban Food Symposium.
Loyola University Chicago is expanding its biodiesel laboratory with much-needed additional space, and a new processor and analysis instrumentation. The new space is part of the new Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and will allow more students to participate in the business and research activities in the Clean Energy Lab.
IES is seeking dependable and responsible candidates to help with various urban agriculture-related projects on the Lake Shore Campus, including the newly constructed Ecodome research/greenhouse space, Ecodome wall gardens, Ecodome aquaponics systems, Winthrop student garden, Quinlan Rooftop garden, and other agriculture and horticulture related projects.
This year’s Loyola P3 team competed at the EPA National Sustainable Design Expo, working on developing sustainable solutions for the treatment of BWW and the recycling of waste streams back into the Biodiesel production process.
The $58.8 million Institute of Environmental Sustainability—is set to debut this month at the Rogers Park campus. The environmental structure “will raise our profile,” says the Rev. Michael Garanzini, Loyola's president since 2001. “We're building, I think, the best undergraduate university in the Midwest.”
Fr. Garanzini and Loyola University Chicago are featured in the current issue of Green Building and Design magazine. Read about his environmental sustainability initiative and the greening of our campus over the past 12 years.
A Phase Two $90,000 grant was awarded to the Loyola P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) team for their research on improving the sustainability of water use in Loyola Biodiesel Production, allowing the team to further the project design, implement it in the field, and move it to the marketplace. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Reuben Keller, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, who has been designated a 'Master Researcher' by the Sujack Selection Committee. Sujack winners will be celebrated at a ceremony and reception in Crown Center Auditorium on April 17 at 4:15 p.m.
IES faculty member Dr. Tham Hoang led a group of Loyola facutly members in a collaboration with Vietnam National University-Hanoi University of Science, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and Vietnam Environment Administration to organize and international conference.
Loyola's Nancy Tuchman, PhD, is one of five winners of Chicago magazine’s 2013 Green Awards, honoring unsung locals whose innovations are putting Chicago on the national map and doing something good for the earth.