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Dean Tuchman's Message

A message from founding dean Nancy C. Tuchman, PhD

In December 2020, Loyola University Chicago formally launched the School of Environmental Sustainability (SES). During uncertain times, the University committed to caring for our shared home and the stability of our youth’s future by developing the University’s eleventh school—the first school of sustainability at any Jesuit university.

The school builds on more than two decades of investments in education, research, and action addressing the planetary ecological crisis. In 2002, Loyola started a campus sustainability initiative that cut our environmental footprint in half. In 2013, the University established the Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES), marking another substantial investment in this area.

Promoting the IES to school status is the latest phase of this overarching commitment to the environment. In the coming years, we aim to double the SES faculty and triple the size of the student body.

At Loyola, our commitment to the environment extends to the University as a whole. More than half of incoming first-year students say that the University’s focus on sustainability was one of the reasons they chose Loyola University Chicago.

We consistently rank in the top 5 percent of green campuses in the country and have been named to the Princeton Review’s Green College Honor Roll. Loyola has made an ambitious pledge to become a carbon-neutral university by 2025.

As the School of Environmental Sustainability grows, we continue to advance knowledge and action on biodiversity, environmental policy and economics, environmental health, food systems, energy, and climate. We recognize that the most vulnerable members of society suffer the most from environmental degradation, pollution, and climate change, and we strive to create just and equitable strategies for addressing these problems.

At SES, we are not just teaching our students about environmental science or environmental policy—we are training the next generation of environmental leaders. We understand that sustainability issues are not just scientific problems but also human problems requiring an all-in approach. Our multidisciplinary curriculum equips students with the knowledge they need to take on these complex challenges—preparing them to develop innovative solutions that address critical threats to the wellbeing of people and ecosystems worldwide.

With gratitude and enthusiasm,
Nancy C. Tuchman, PhD
Founding Dean, School of Environmental Sustainability

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A message from founding dean Nancy C. Tuchman, PhD

In December 2020, Loyola University Chicago formally launched the School of Environmental Sustainability (SES). During uncertain times, the University committed to caring for our shared home and the stability of our youth’s future by developing the University’s eleventh school—the first school of sustainability at any Jesuit university.

The school builds on more than two decades of investments in education, research, and action addressing the planetary ecological crisis. In 2002, Loyola started a campus sustainability initiative that cut our environmental footprint in half. In 2013, the University established the Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES), marking another substantial investment in this area.

Promoting the IES to school status is the latest phase of this overarching commitment to the environment. In the coming years, we aim to double the SES faculty and triple the size of the student body.

At Loyola, our commitment to the environment extends to the University as a whole. More than half of incoming first-year students say that the University’s focus on sustainability was one of the reasons they chose Loyola University Chicago.

We consistently rank in the top 5 percent of green campuses in the country and have been named to the Princeton Review’s Green College Honor Roll. Loyola has made an ambitious pledge to become a carbon-neutral university by 2025.

As the School of Environmental Sustainability grows, we continue to advance knowledge and action on biodiversity, environmental policy and economics, environmental health, food systems, energy, and climate. We recognize that the most vulnerable members of society suffer the most from environmental degradation, pollution, and climate change, and we strive to create just and equitable strategies for addressing these problems.

At SES, we are not just teaching our students about environmental science or environmental policy—we are training the next generation of environmental leaders. We understand that sustainability issues are not just scientific problems but also human problems requiring an all-in approach. Our multidisciplinary curriculum equips students with the knowledge they need to take on these complex challenges—preparing them to develop innovative solutions that address critical threats to the wellbeing of people and ecosystems worldwide.

With gratitude and enthusiasm,
Nancy C. Tuchman, PhD
Founding Dean, School of Environmental Sustainability