Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Our Mission

The mission of Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) 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 IES 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 IES strives to advance sustainability in operations across all university campuses and to develop an environmentally conscious culture throughout the university. The IES 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.