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How do I sign up to tour the SES facilities?

SES offers educational group tours of our facilities including the Searle Biodiesel Lab, Urban Agriculture Program, and our LEED certified building. Our staff and students introduce some of the marquis programs housed in SES, their educational roots, and how our work ties to the global movement toward environmental sustainability.

In-person, group tours are available to internal (Loyola-affiliated) and external groups, and requests are welcome from high schools, colleges, and community organizations. Visit the Facilities Tours page to learn more and request a tour.

Visit our Video Collection for video tours of SES and videos on our academics, research, and approach to sustainability.

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Tell me about Loyola University Chicago's commitment to sustainability.

Loyola University Chicago has confirmed our commitment to a sustainable campus and student experience by becoming signatories to widely accepted sustainability "compacts." These agreements outline our pledge to work towards expanding a sustainability program, engaging the campus community, greening our operations and monitoring our performance.

Learn more about Loyola’s commitment to ongoing sustainability here.

What are some career opportunities for SES grads?

All SES graduates are educated in the basic scientific foundations of environmental issues. Some will become environmental scientists, researchers, and naturalists, while others take a non-science career trajectory becoming policy makers, educators, communicators, or sustainability specialists.

How do SES students get involved in sustainability initiatives?

There are many opportunities for students to take real, meaningful action. Getting involved through active participation can be done individually or by collaborating with your peers.

Review the many resources and organizations available for those interested in environmental sustainability here.

What is LUREC?

The Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) is a green facility in Woodstock, Illinois. The campus includes hotel-style and dormitory accommodations, a dining hall, classrooms, lab facilities, and nearly 100 acres of green space. Loyola students can take immersive courses at the facility during the School of Environmental Sustainability's three-week LUREC summer session, which starts in May after the spring semester ends. Students can also participate in restoration workdays at LUREC, helping to remove invasive non-native plants and restore healthy, biodiverse ecosystems. 

What are STEP courses?

Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) courses bring together students, faculty, staff and community partners in discussion and action to advance sustainability. STEP courses educate students about environmental problems through an interdisciplinary approach and foster leadership values, skills and abilities by engaging students in collective, solution-oriented projects.

Learn more here.