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Loyola named 7th greenest college in America

Loyola named 7th greenest college in America

Loyola came in at No. 7 on the Sierra Club’s 2016 Cool Schools rankings for U.S. colleges—and was the only Illinois school to crack the Top 30. (Photo: Natalie Battaglia)

For the second time in three years, Loyola University Chicago has been named one of the greenest colleges in America by the Sierra Club.

The 2016 Cool Schools rankings, released September 6, place Loyola at No. 7 out of more than 200 participating schools. Loyola is the only Illinois university in the Top 30 in the rankings, and the only Chicago school to crack the Top 90. Loyola ranked No. 4 in the 2014 rankings.

The Sierra Club praised Loyola for several green initiatives including its eco-friendly residence halls, its extensive biodiesel program, and its trayless cafeterias (which help reduce food waste). The rankings also mentioned the University’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability, which opened in 2013 and now offers several eco-majors and minors.

Loyola’s commitment to sustainability, however, extends far beyond its buildings. It’s woven into the University’s culture and is a key part of “Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World,” Loyola’s five-year strategic plan.

Below are links to more examples of how Loyola is working to make the world a greener—and better—place.

• The Institute of Environmental Sustainability
• Current research
• Eco-friendly facilities
• Environmental focus areas
• The Searle Biodiesel Program
• Water conservation