The mission of Loyola University Chicago’s School of Environmental Sustainability (SES) is to engage students in understanding and responding to local and global environmental issues by:
- Delivering Core environmental science courses to raise awareness and action in all LUC undergraduates,
- Preparing SES baccalaureate and graduate students for socially responsible professions in environmental science, policy, education, business, and health, and
- Advancing our knowledge of environmental problems and developing solutions through original research and community outreach.
The SES strives to advance sustainability in operations across all university campuses and to develop an environmentally conscious culture throughout the university. The SES advances the University’s mission of seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice and faith by providing a rich and transformational educational experience grounded in teaching and research excellence, experiential learning, and student entrepreneurial action in the service of nature, humanity, and the planet.
Loyola’s Sustainability Mission
Sustainability at Loyola is driven by our Jesuit tradition of social justice, our service to humanity, and our role as an institution of higher education. It is embodied in an educational experience for our students and activities that seek to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We are committed to an inclusive process considering social, economic and environmental impacts and exemplified in a transformative education for our students.
SES Commitment to Racial and Social Justice
We acknowledge that the multi-century legacy of racism against people of color -- particularly against those who are Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian -- pervades environmentalism, where White voices and agendas continue to dominate. Environmentalist doctrines have been – and continue to be – used to justify eugenics, genocide, and the displacement of indigenous people from their ancestral homelands.1 We affirm that social justice and ecological justice are both integral to achieving sustainability. In the 2020-2021 academic year, we commit ourselves to deep reflection on the many ways that we as individuals are socialized into white supremacy and that our organizational culture, policies, and practices reflect this. This intentional process of study will enable us to identify the changes required of IES as we move towards becoming an anti-racist, multicultural organization that advances racial, social, and environmental justice through our teaching, research, and service.
1 For more, see Carolyn Finney’s Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors and this “Statement On Racism in the Environmental Field” among other sources.