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More universities these days are offering courses and degrees in environmental studies, but one university in Chicago has gone a step further. In Chicago's Edgewater community, Loyola University has constructed a building that not only focuses on environmental science but is designed to demonstrate what sustainability is all about.
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.
"First of all, we wanted a facility that would be a learning facility so that students could learn many different skills, but we also wanted the building itself to sort of walk the walk. In other words, we wanted this building to be the most environmentally and energy-efficient as we could possibly get,” said Nancy Tuchman, Founding Director of Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability.
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