Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

News Archive

  • Energy Week 2014

    Loyola has made great strides in conserving energy. But what more could we be doing? Join us to understand what happens when you flip the switch and see how it affects the world we live in.
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    Back to the soil

    Dave Miller (BS '75) and Stephan Rivard (BS '75, MD '79) founded Iroquois Valley Farms, which converts farmland back to an organic state.
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    Early Bird Gets the Worm

    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.
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    Loyola Students Kill the Cup

    Loyola University Chicago recently finished in second place nationally in the inaugural KillTheCup.com competition!
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    LINK Up Grant

    Farmers Market Assists LINK Card Families

    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.
  • Profile

    Junior Wins EPA Fellowship

    Loyola Junior Amber White Wins USEPA Research Fellowship for her Project: "Achieving Net-Zero: Designing a Sustainable Waste-Water Treatment System for Biodiesel Production Processes."
  • Feasibility Study

    Solar Thermal Study

    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.
  • Academic Degrees

    Degree Programs Offered

    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.
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    Loyola Earns AASHE Gold Rating

    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.
  • Recognition

    Gold Certification

    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.
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    IES awarded $500,000 US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant

    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.
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    Loyola's Farmers Market

    New location, new vendors: Loyola's Farmers Market brings more to your table

    Loyola's Farmers Market opens for its fourth season, Monday, June 9, at its new Loyola Plaza location, just steps from the Loyola stop on the CTA Red Line.
  • Residence Life Unveils Green Room Virtual Tour

    Working with the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Residence Life has developed an interactive virtual tour of their model green room in San Francisco Hall.
  • Farmers Market

    New location, new vendors: Loyola’s Farmers Market brings more to your table

    Loyola's Farmers Market opens for its fourth season, Monday, June 9, at its new Loyola Plaza location, just steps from the Loyola stop on the CTA Red Line.
  • Biodiesel Program

    BioSoap recognized by EPA

    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.
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    Award winning IES faculty and IES students!

    Jeremy Gouldey, Edgar Perez and Natalie Lynch have all received honors during the semester - congratulations to all!
  • Bees buzzing to campus

    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.”
  • Through March 29


    Recyclemania is a national competition between among universities to measure and compare recycling over an eight-week period. Pitch in, and learn how you can help reduce waste at Loyola!
  • Waste Reduction

    How much waste do we generate?

    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.
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    Summer Internship Applications Open

    The Institute of Environmental Sustainability is accepting applications for multiple fellowships and internships for Summer 2014. Additional information and application forms are available on the Fellowship & Internship Page under Resources.
  • Summer Internship Applications Open

    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.
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    LUREC Summer Scholarships now available!

    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.
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    Fall 2013 TGIF Projects Awarded

    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 Purchasing Department Hosts Green Vendor Fair

    Loyola's Purchasing Department and Warehouse Direct, Loyola's office supply vendor, hosted a green vendor fair in December to showcase effective and sustainable products.
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    Thanksgiving Used Oil Collection

    If you deep fried your turkey, or just have a few containers of used cooking oil in your kitchen, drop off your used cooking oil at the Clean Energy Lab after Thanksgiving.
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    U.S. Energy and Climate Change: Science, Ethics, and Public Policies

    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.
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    Professor profile

    Ozone expert brings science down to Earth for students

    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.
  • Loyola Farmers Market

    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.
  • Featured

    Loyola launches the Compost Collection Network

    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.
  • For Students, From Students

    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!
  • IES Featured on Chicago Tonight

    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.
  • Urban Food Symposium

    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.
  • Sowing the Seeds of Change

    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.
  • Loyola upgrades Biodiesel Lab

    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.
  • Urban Agriculture Student Worker Job Posted

    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.
  • EPA P3 Project

    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.
  • Building for the future: Institute is almost finished

    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.”
  • Green Building & Design

    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.
  • Scientists put Chicago River's trash under the microscope

    Like a doctor with a complicated patient, aquatic ecologist Timothy Hoellein is determined to assess the health of the Chicago River by focusing on one of its major problems: garbage.
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    Hope is the thing with feathers

    Despite several degrees and years of experience that indicate otherwise, Stephen Mitten, S.J., doesn’t think of himself strictly as a scientist. “I see myself more as a naturalist,” he says. “I’m an ambassador for the environment.” As spiritual director and resident ecology faculty at Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus, Fr. Mitten teaches several biology and conservation courses. But his real love is avian ecology.
  • Loyola's P3 team research earns Phase Two Grant

    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!
  • Tuchman featured on Fox 32 News

    Founding Director Nancy Tuchman, PhD, was featured on Fox 32 News talking about the new Institute of Environmental Sustainability.
  • Take a Summer Course at the Retreat & Ecology Campus

    As a special addition to the regular Summer Session curriculum, the courses listed below will be taught entirely at Loyola's Retreat and Ecology Campus for Summer Session 2013.
  • Master Researcher

    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.
  • Continuing Education

    Small Scale Biodiesel Production

    This hands-on class will serve as an introduction to the production of biodiesel.
  • International Conference

    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.
  • Tuchman honored with Chicago magazine’s 2013 Green Award

    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.
  • Video

    Chicago university cooks up green recycling scheme

    Reuters TV reports on Loyola's efforts to convert all of the waste cooking oil produced in cafeteria kitchens to biodiesel that powers their shuttle bus fleet and soap products.
  • Feature Story

    Loyola signs Sustainability Commitments

    Loyola signs compact to work towards expanding a sustainability program, engaging the campus community, greening our operations, and monitoring our performance.