Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

IES Annual Report

Empowering Environmental Leaders While Living Laudato Si'

How can we accompany our students toward a hope-filled future? What can we do to advance care for our common home? These aspirations comprise two of the four Jesuit Apostolic Preferences announced in 2019 by the Society of Jesus. How will Loyola work in service to advance these important environmental calls to action? The IES response has been to build a workforce educated in the interdisciplinary perspectives surrounding our environmental crisis. 

Living Laudato Si' means we practice our commitment to sustainability every day. We know sustainability is not a choice, it's a way of living. It's how we plan to accompany our students to a hope-filled future. It's also how we care for our common home.  Throughout this report, you'll get a sneak peek at the curriculum that makes this possible. You'll look into our energy class with Dr. Ping Jing and learn why her students conduct energy audits; you'll sit in on Dr. Sasha Adkins' public health class where their class is a microcosm for resilient community-building in the midst of a climate crisis. You'll also get an in-depth look at our new graduate program, which seeks to empower the next generation of environmental leaders. 


View previous versions of the IES Annual Reports, here.