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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 the LUREC?

Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) is a ‘deep green’ facility that combines the natural, social and spiritual elements of sustainability.

Our Campus seeks sustainability in these ways

  • Water—LUREC utilizes a well and septic system conserving water and returning it to the aquifer. Restoration of on-site wetlands improves the site and the larger watershed.
  • Energy—LUREC’s Energy Master Plan calls for the site to be ‘Net-Zero’ creating as much energy as it uses through energy efficiency and renewable energy including a geothermal heat pump and solar and wind power.
  • Landscape—The farm and ongoing ecological restoration connect visitors to the rural nature of McHenry County through service.
  • Transportation—Local transit options include the METRA station in Woodstock. Contact staff to arrange a shuttle pickup.
  • Food—Healthy, local food is produced on-site by student farmers and our gourmet chef. Organic farming practices protect that ecology of the site and the people eating the products.
  • Waste—Nearly 80% of all waste produced at LUREC is either recycled or composted. We are working towards zero-waste leaving the site by green cleaning and procurement practices.

For additional information about our LUREC, visit here.

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.

For additional information on STEP courses, visit here.