Our Green Campus

Students help promote sustainable agriculture by working in Loyola's rooftop garden.

Thinking green takes root at Loyola University Chicago.

Loyola’s commitment to serve the human community extends well beyond academics. 

We are committed to transforming Loyola into a green campus through a number of sustainability initiatives, with the help of our students, faculty, and staff.

  • The Institute of Environmental Sustainability combines academics and research with sustainable agriculture and community living.
  • Our Loyola Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC), located approximately 50 miles northeast of our Chicago campuses, allows students to immerse themselves in nature and enjoy retreats, summer course offerings, and internship opportunities.
  • Students are learning to think green in academic programs, such as Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) courses, which focus on environmental efforts.
  • The University's Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) seeks to improve people's lives in communities throughout the Chicagoland area, and includes several environmental initiatives.
  • The University is working to lower its ecological footprint through simple steps like installing compact fluorescent light bulbs in residence hall rooms and using recycled materials. One of Loyola's newest residence halls, San Francisco Hall, features a greenhouse, eco-friendly cafe, and other environmentally friendly features.
  • One of the most ambitious green campus projects is the Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons. Located right along Lake Michigan at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus, this environmentally engineered building earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.

By incorporating environmentally friendly elements into all new construction plans and embracing new technology to help reduce waste and energy use, Loyola shares with you the importance of "going green" in our daily lives, both on and off campus.

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Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Learn more about Loyola University Chicago's new Institute of Environmental Sustainability and its state-of-the-art facilities.

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A Sustainable Solution

See how Loyola’s Farmers Market blends sustainability and social justice.

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Sustainable Agriculture at Loyola University Chicago

Watch Loyola University Chicago students gain hands-on experience in sustainable agriculture at our Retreat and Ecology Campus.

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Introducing the Searle Biodiesel Lab

The Searle Biodiesel Lab was unveiled on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at the Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago. The Searle Biodiesel Lab focuses on Production, research, and outreach efforts centered on utilizing waste produces to create energy for Loyola and Chicago communications. Many thanks to Michael and Nydia Searle for their continued support and dedication to this innovative enterprise.