News & Events
This summer, Loyola graduate student Alex Quebbeman found an invasive aquatic plant called starry stonewort in a Chicago harbor. It was the first time anyone had identified the nonnative species in the Chicago region. View a video about her discovery.VIEW
This November, Loyola students, faculty, staff, and community volunteers came together to recognize Roberta Lammers-Campbell, PhD, professor emerita, for leading ecological restoration efforts at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus.MORE
Loyola senior Emma McBride is evaluating campus air quality to benefit students, faculty, and the surrounding community.READ MORE
SES is expanding its interdisciplinary approach with a new bachelor’s degree program in environmental economics and sustainability.MORE
Mereya Riopedre is the 2023 SES recipient of the President's Medallion. The award honors one student from each college, school, and institute who excels in leadership, scholarship, and service.MORE
On October 11, Loyola University Chicago held an event to honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day and unveil new signage displaying the university’s Land Acknowledgement Statement. Nearly 90 people gathered to hear from a panel of local Indigenous leaders and view the signs, which feature illustrations by Native American artist Buffalo Gouge.READ MORE
Loyola graduate student Nora Hartnett is investigating how wildfires across North America impact air pollution levels in the Chicago area. Her findings could inform new strategies for improving air quality and human health.MORE
This October, Loyola kicks off the third year of the Abrams Sustainable Business Challenge. The challenge invites Loyola students to envision, plan, and launch green business ventures.READ MORE
The School of Environmental Sustainability's Urban Agriculture Program is celebrating 10 years since its founding. The program provides food for local farmers' markets and restaurants and serves the community through donations to local food pantries. View our latest video to learn more.VIEW
Marinda Vacanti embarked on a transformative journey during her summer internship at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. As a collections intern, Marinda's role focused on meticulously preserving and understanding botanical specimens, providing her with hands-on experience in museum collections.READ MORE
At the northern tip of Michigan’s lower peninsula, researchers from Loyola University Chicago’s School of Environmental Sustainability are devising new methods of restoring biologically diverse wetlands. They recently secured more than $1.1 million in federal funding for a large-scale project that could inform wetland management practices throughout the Great Lakes region.READ MORE
This summer Loyola students participated in an unforgettable study abroad program exploring Ecuador's "four worlds."READ MORE
Loyola University Chicago has earned a STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in recognition of the University's sustainability achievements.READ MORE
The SES Urban Agriculture Program team is collaborating with the Edgewater Environmental Coalition to help disperse native plants throughout the neighborhood.READ MORE
A small project that began in a School of Environmental Sustainability classroom has grown into something bigger with the potential to create positive change in Chicagoland public areas.READ MORE
The Chicago area’s 2023 Bike Commuter Challenge kicks off on May 15, and Loyola University Chicago is competing. Find out how to join the team.LEARN MORE
Brian Ohsowski, PhD, assistant professor in the School of Environmental Sustainability, received the Langerback Award for Undergraduate Research Mentoring. The award recognizes his extraordinary commitment to supporting and guiding undergraduates in research endeavors.READ MORE
Loyola’s Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship honored Assistant Professor Tania Schusler, PhD, with the Adolfo Nicolas SJ Excellence in Engaged Learning and Teaching Award. Her work exemplifies the School of Environmental Sustainability's commitment to experiential learning.READ MORE
On April 21, six teams of Loyola students will compete in the final round of the second annual Abrams Sustainable Business challenge. Meet the teams who will pitch their green business ideas for a chance to win start-up funding for their ventures.READ MORE
Many Loyola alums who participated in the Urban Agriculture Program have gone on to successful careers connected to agriculture and sustainability.READ MORE
Today an estimated 100 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide, and that number is likely to rise dramatically in the next 30 years. On March 16, 2023, Loyola’s annual Climate Change Conference examined how climate change impacts global human migration.
Mikayla Ballard, a junior studying environmental science, is researching invasive crayfish and pollution in Chicago's North Shore Channel.
Filmmaker Michael Nash will deliver the keynote speech at the 2023 Loyola University Chicago Climate Change Conference. His award-winning film Climate Refugees premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has been screened around the world.LEARN MORE
On March 16, the Loyola University Chicago Climate Change Conference will explore how climate-driven migration impacts communities globally and locally.
The color of your skin shouldn't determine how clean your environment is, but it often does. In this Ask an Expert video series, Tania Schusler, assistant professor in the School of Environmental Sustainability, explains what environmental racism is and what we can do to combat it.READ MORE
February 20 to 24 is Waste Week at Loyola, an event focused on educating students from all campuses about waste and materials management.READ MORE
SES undergraduate Kristina Tsakos is participating in wetland ecology research and studying ways to protect ecosystems from road salt pollution.
Abrams Sustainable Business Challenge
The Abrams Sustainable Business Challenge empowers Loyola students to envision, plan, and launch green businesses. Three faculty members shared how their spring semester courses complement the challenge.
Many yards and gardens in Chicago have dangerously high levels of lead in the soil. That means playing in the backyard or growing vegetables could come with a risk of lead poisoning. SES staff member Kevin Erickson studied how hemp plants can remove lead from contaminated soil. He talked about his research on WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio.LEARN MORE
This November, Loyola earned a renewal of its Silver-level Bicycle Friendly University award in recognition of our institution’s achievements in promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus.READ MORE
Marlene Brito-Millán, PhD, joined SES this year as an assistant professor of ecology, and her extensive research background and solidarity work make her an exciting addition to Loyola’s faculty.READ MORE
Climate change is one of the most urgent problems the world faces today. Three faculty members in Loyola's School of Environmental Sustainability shared their thoughts on priority actions that will make a difference in the fight against climate change.READ MORE
Loyola’s green café Engrained recently received a 4-star certification from the Green Restaurant Association, the highest possible distinction from the organization.READ MORE
The Abrams Sustainable Business Challenge engages Loyola students in planning and launching green ventures. As the 2023 challenge gets underway, we checked in with last year’s third-place winner Jonathan Ostroff to learn more about his sustainable food enterprise, Fusion Foods.READ MORE
Zach Samaras discovered a passion for waste management while working on his master's degree at Loyola's School of Environmental Sustainability. He now helps companies and organizations reduce waste as a technical assistance engineer with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.READ MORE
Cosette Ellis from Seattle, Washington, has been awarded the prestigious President’s Medallion for Loyola’s School of Environmental Sustainability (SES). The President’s Medallion honors one student from each college, school, and institute at Loyola who excels in leadership, scholarship, and service.READ MORE
In October 2012, 31 collaborators from Jesuit institutions around the world formed the International Jesuit Ecology Project (IJEP) to address environmental challenges. Led by Loyola’s Michael Schuck, PhD, the group developed Healing Earth, a free online environmental science textbook used globally and highly regarded in the Jesuit community. This October, we celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the project with the release of the third edition of Healing Earth.READ MORE
Loyola undergraduates Paul Schnell and Zach Neybert are calling attention to one of the scariest parts of Halloween: its environmental impact.
The kickoff gathering for the second annual Abrams Sustainable Business Challenge took place on Friday, October 14, on Loyola's lakeshore campus. As the 2023 challenge gets underway, we continue with our deep dive into the top three winning teams from the Spring of 2022.READ MORE
The School of Environmental Sustainability and the Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility are gearing up for the second annual Abrams Sustainable Business Challenge, an entrepreneurial competition available to all Loyola students. We checked in with last year’s winners to see how their sustainable business ventures are progressing.READ MORE
Dr. Sarah Ku, newly-appointed assistant professor of sustainable business management at Loyola, joined the SES community this fall to serve as a bridge between the fields of environmental science and business. Her dissertation research entitled Stakeholder Governance: Empirical and Theoretical Developments was recently accepted into the Honor Roll of Responsible Research in Business and Management.READ MORE
Loyola University Chicago’s Urban Agriculture Program combines education, hands-on experience, and community engagement. Student workers and volunteers learn about sustainable food production and gain real-world experience growing and selling produce. The program also offers students opportunities to build leadership skills and manage projects. Meet the current student leaders working as urban agriculture program assistants.READ MORE
At the School of Environmental Sustainability (SES), we are developing solutions to critical ecological problems, working toward environmental justice, and training the next generation of sustainability leaders. Read our latest progress report to learn more about our accomplishments in education, research, and environmental action.READ MORE
Students in the School of Environmental Sustainability benefit from a wide variety of hands-on, applied learning opportunities, including internships. Over the summer, many students participated in internships that enriched their education, provided real-world professional experience, and expanded their social and professional networks. Several shared their thoughts on what they gained from the experience.READ MORE
As we kick off the academic year, we are happy to announce an exciting opportunity for Loyola students to bring their ideas for sustainable business to life through the Abrams Sustainable Business Challenge. The challenge is a year-long immersive learning experience for Loyola students who want to envision, plan, launch, and scale eco-friendly ventures or products. Teams will pitch their ideas to an esteemed panel of judges in April 2023. The winning teams will receive up to $20,000 in prize money to launch their ventures. To learn more, attend an online information session on Wednesday, September 28, at noon, or join the kickoff event on October 14 at 5:30 p.m.LEARN MORE
Nancy Tuchman, founding dean of the School of Environmental Sustainability, and Michael Schuck, professor in the Department of Theology and the School of Environmental Sustainability, received lifetime achievement awards this month for their work advancing environmental sustainability in Jesuit higher education. The International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU) presented the two with the St. Peter Canisius Medal for Extraordinary Service to Jesuit Higher Education for the North American region.READ MORE
Remote and hybrid work arrangements can have some notable environmental upsides, potentially cutting pollution associated with commuting and operating large office buildings. However, other factors, such as increased home energy and water use, could cancel out these benefits. Experts from Loyola's Quinlan School of Business analyzed the trade-offs. They found that organizations could maximize the environmental benefits of remote work by consciously capitalizing on opportunities to conserve resources and energy.READ MORE
This summer, Loyola welcomed high school students from all over the country for the Theology of Healing Earth in Action (THEA) Institute, a week-long college preparatory retreat program focused on environmental sustainability. The THEA Institute invites rising high school juniors and seniors to Loyola to explore their gifts and reflect on how they can help build a world rooted in spiritual grounding, community, and sustainability.READ MORE
Summarizing all that Loyola has done on the sustainability front over the past two decades is a tall order; a commitment to the planet's health has become a lodestar for University leadership, influencing decisions massive and marginal. This commitment is seen clearly in Loyola's campus, one of the greenest in higher education.READ MORE
The School for Environmental Sustainability offers unique opportunities for students to learn through hands-on experiences. During intensive summer courses at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) students get their hands dirty, deepen their appreciation of the natural world, form new friendships, and gain memories that will last a lifetime.READ MORE
Two Loyola researchers set out to explore the environmental impacts of microplastics by investigating how they accumulate in the digestive systems of birds. They found bits of plastic in the intestines of every bird they examined.
In the 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis called for the world to take action to protect the natural ecosystems and adopt a worldview that recognizes the connections between sustainability and social justice. This June, Loyola faculty members presented at an international conference that brought leaders from Catholic institutions together to discuss the challenges of putting Laudato Si' into practice.LEARN MORE
Laudato Si' Week 2022 marks the seventh anniversary of the Pope Francis's powerful encyclical calling on people everywhere take action to preserve biodiversity, combat climate change, are care for each other and our common home. Students around the world reflected on the call to action in inspiring videos.READ MORE
Seven years ago, Pope Francis issued a powerful call to action in his encyclical "Laudato Si': On Care for our Common Home." The encyclical calls for concrete steps on climate change and biodiversity loss, emphasizing the need to give special attention to how ecological degradation disproportionately impacts the poor. Loyola plays a leading role in mobilizing Catholic universities to engage with the Laudato Si' Action Platform, which includes a 7-Year Journey Toward Integral Ecology. During Laudato Si Week, we recommit ourselves to this journey.LEARN MORE
Volunteers discovered a bright red crayfish during a cleanup event hosted by Friends of the Chicago River. It turned out to be a red swamp crayfish, also known as the Louisiana crawfish, and it is an introduced invasive species. In a WTTW/Chicago PBS story, SES professor Reuben Keller explained how this invasive creature crowds out native species and disrupts local ecosystems.READ MORE
On May 10, the Loyola University Chicago School of Environmental Sustainability (SES) held commencement for the class of 2022. Of the 144 total graduates, 49 earned master’s degrees in environmental science and sustainability, 89 completed bachelor’s degrees, and six received post-baccalaureate certificates. Meet the graduates who received awards for outstanding achievement in academics, research, leadership, and environmental stewardship, and service.READ MORE
On Earth Day, Friday, April 22, six teams of Loyola students pitched their eco-friendly business plans to a panel of expert judges in the final round of the Abram's Sustainable Business Challenge. The three winning teams received cash prizes to help them launch their sustainable ventures. Meet the finalists and learn more about their inspiring enterprises.READ MORE
This spring, the Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC) held a year-end banquet to honor members who have shown extraordinary leadership. School of Environmental Sustainability (SES) student Beth Thilges received the Ignatian Leadership Award for her outstanding accomplishments this year as the chair of the SGLC Sustainability Committee.READ MORE
This year on Earth Day, teams of Loyola University Chicago students will pitch their ideas for sustainable businesses to a panel of expert judges in the Abrams Sustainable Business Challenge. The top teams will win funds to help them launch their environmentally friendly ventures.READ MORE
Loyola University Chicago boosted its commitment to addressing environmental and climate change issues with the unveiling Dec. 14 of its new School of Environmental Sustainability.READ MORE
CHICAGO, December 10, 2020 —Loyola University Chicago formally announces the launch of its new School of Environmental Sustainability (SES), the first-ever school dedicated to environmental sustainability across Jesuit institutions worldwide.LEARN MORE
September 24, 2020: Dear Loyola Community, I am pleased to share the news that the Board of Trustees has approved the elevation of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) to the School of Environmental Sustainability, creating Loyola University Chicago’s 11th school. The School of Environmental Sustainability (SES) solidifies our University’s continued commitment to addressing the causes and impact of global climate change.READ MORE
Tokata Iron Eyes and Greta Thunberg have learned they have a lot in common. Both Thunberg and Iron Eyes are 16-year-old climate activists who are missing school in order to “fight for their futures and that of their children.” On October 6, the activists spoke to an audience of supporters that included SES Dean Nancy Tuchman and IES Professor Michael Schuck at Iron Eyes’s high school in South Dakota.READ MORE
It has been our great privilege to guide and mentor you through your development and watch you become the strong environmental scientists and advocates that you are. We are proud of your accomplishments, and grateful in return, for all you have taught us -- helping us to continue to grow as an Institute.READ MORE
Carissa Hipsher knew that her “Foundations of Environmental Science” lab would be trickier to reorganize than her traditional lecture classes. In the hours leading up to Loyola University Chicago’s transition to online or virtual instruction on March 13, that lab—or, technically, the lack of one—is where she focused all her energy.READ MORE
Monique Sosnowski answers our questions about illegal wildlife trade and trafficking.READ MORE
Loyola University Chicago history professor Ben Johnson was in the middle of a lecture on World War II one early morning last week when he tried to share a picture of Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms with his class via Zoom video.READ MORE
IES Professor Michael Schuck reflects upon the Catholic Church's recent Amazon Synod
“When I think of my Jesuit education, I think of generosity and giving back to others. Loyola has given me a voice I can use for positive change.”LEARN MORE
CHICAGO and WASHINGTON D.C., September 25, 2019- Loyola University Chicago was honored for its achievements in sustainability by the U.S. Department of Education at an awards ceremony in Washington D.C. Loyola, along with 53 other honorees were named a US Department of Education Green Ribbon School.READ MORE
Driving toward a more sustainable world: master’s and certificate options open up new professional advancement
From the loss of biodiversity and polluted waterways to growing waste, the globe’s greatest challenges continue to intensify. The need to protect the world’s natural resources and create more sustainable ways of living remains not only an urgent problem but an ultimate problem in need of informed, decisive action.READ MORE
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USG Corporation (NYSE: USG) have announced Loyola University Chicago as the winner of the fifth annual USG NACDA Sustainability Award. Loyola was chosen from a pool of three finalists and received the award for its work on the Alfie Norville Practice Facility. The Sustainability Award will be presented to Loyola at an on-campus event this fall.READ MORE
Introducing IES’s new graduate program: The Master of Science in Environmental Science and Sustainability (MSESS)
A changing climate requires a changing professional. At the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, we are educating the next generation of professionals - environmental science and sustainability professionals who can apply an interdisciplinary approach to solve today’s environmental problems.READ MORE
In some circles, Kevin White (’20) might be considered an overachiever. But he doesn’t see it that way; he's just someone who’s tried to make the most of his time as an undergraduate. Originally from Wooster, Ohio, White’s initial decision to attend Loyola University Chicago was largely based on athletics. A track and cross country athlete, he wanted to achieve athletically and academically (though he came in undecided) at a high level.READ MORE
IES and Quinlan School of Business Professor Nancy Landrum writes about communications strategies for organizations that utilize the circular economy in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's report "Messaging the Circular Economy." Read what she has to say.READ MORE
“We learned how to live justice, simplicity, faith, and community. When committed to these values, it feels impossible not to have hope," says Campion.READ MORE
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the launch of the first-of-its-kind Chicago Renewable Energy Challenge with seven founding members. The Renewable Energy Challenge is a voluntary leadership effort to accelerate the installation of renewable energy in commercial and institutional properties across the City. The initiative builds upon the City’s commitment to using 100% renewable energy to power all City buildings by 2025. Loyola University Chicago is one of the seven founding members.LEARN MORE
Nancy E. Landrum, PhD, professor of sustainability management with an appointment in both Quinlan and Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability, outlines the key reasons all business leaders should care about the environment and what they can do to create a healthier planet.READ MORE
She's featured as one of the seven eco-champions bringing positive change and sustainability to Chicago and beyond.READ MORE
For this year’s Climate Leadership Awards, USGBC and Second Nature chose winners who contributed to the environment through extensive sustainability efforts.WATCH VIDEO
How do you have an audience with a couple of people who have just had an audience with the Pope?READ MORE
North American Climate Summit shows that many Americans are ready to address climate change head-on.
Loyola has participated in the STARS program since 2014, and currently holds a Gold STAR level rating received in February of 2017.
Organized by the University Francisco de Vitoria Madrid and the Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI Foundation, the Expanded Reason Awards “seek to support and acknowledge those professors and researchers who are working to broaden the horizons of rationality through a dialogue between the sciences and philosophy and theology, grounded in the certainty that the fundamental questions of human life cannot be ignored by scientific rationality.” Healing Earth is one of four winners from a field of 367 submissions from 30 countries.LEARN MORE
Loyola won in the education category for employers between 2,500 and 4,999 staff. Loyola faculty and staff logged over 1400 miles during this two week event.LEARN MORE
IES students pondered this question posed by the staff at the Center for Humans and Nature as part of the Center's Resilient Future series. Read our students' thoughtful responses.READ MORE
IES Professor Reuben Keller wrote this Op-Ed for the ConversationREAD MORE
Climate Change Conference
Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy named as Keynote Speaker for our 2018 Climate Change Conference
As the head of EPA under President Obama, McCarthy led historic progress to achieve the administration’s public health and environmental protection goals and the Climate Action Plan. McCarthy will give the Keynote Address at our 2018 Climate Change Conference on March 15, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Jo Ann Rooney Hall.
Our graduating seniors have taken to heart Loyola's mission of social justice. This year's Senior Award winners have worked for the Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke; developed an innovative way to clean waste water in our biodiesel lab; managed our farmers market; brought solar to our campus, and much more.
Throughout the year, Loyola University Chicago students conduct research to advance their education and gain valuable hands-on experience. This work is celebrated every April during the Weekend of Excellence, which includes a program of research symposia, awards ceremonies and a student performance.READ MORE
Weekend of Excellence 2017
The Outstanding Loyola Undergraduate Research Award has been established to honor Loyola undergraduates who conduct exceptional research, articulate their work to others, and integrate research into their overall learning experience. IES is pleased to honor the work of Erica Becker, Lian Lucansky, Samantha Panock, Daniella Herrera, Kristen Courage, Sean McNelis, Natalie Burgos, Aqsa Junagadhwala, and Marykate Fitzpatrick. We are also pleased to have our very own Father Stephen Mitten receive the Langerbeck Award for Undergraduate Research Mentoring. Congratulations to all!LEARN MORE
Loyola has been a leader in sustainability for years, and it recently was named the seventh greenest college campus in the country by the Sierra Club.
On a recent icy morning, a group of fourth-graders from Peirce Elementary International Studies School arrived at Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability to shoot a dance film.MORE
Loyola alumni David Miller and Dr. Stephen Rivard profiled in Crain's for their business Iroquois Valley Farm
Access to capital is notoriously difficult for farmers. Growing and raising certified organic food is even more daunting. That's because the USDA requires organic farmers to work the soil for three years before allowing them to certify their crops as organic. What's more, yields are lower for a good five years after starting out while the soil becomes richer.READ MORE
In November, a cohort of SES Students studying abroad at the Newman Institute in Sweden attended the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) in Marrakech, Morocco. Here, Environmental Policy major Rachel Monsey tells us her top five takeaways from her experience at COP 22.READ MORE
IES Alumni Savannah Webb ('16) used her Urban Agriculture skills and her psychology major while working at the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm. More than 40 families from Bhutan and Burma work the formerly vacant one-acre plot growing organic fruits and vegetables and selling them in Chicago.WATCH VIDEO
Spend your January watching movies or learning how temperate plants and animals survive and thrive during winter. We have two January Term classes scheduled at Loyola University's Retreat and Ecology Campus this year. Go snowshoeing and study Winter Ecology with Dr. Roberta Lammers-Campbell or relax and watch movies with Dr. Milan Pribisic.REGISTER
This spring, Vietnam experienced a massive localized die-off of fish populations in the waters off of four coastal provinces, a disaster that sparked rare protests across the country and affected thousands of people. IES (now SES) ecotoxicologist Tham Hoang, PhD was tapped by the Vietnam Environmental Administration to provide expert advice.READ MORE
Loyola’s School of Environmental Sustainability is working to turn invasive plants around the Great Lakes into different types of green energy.
Dr. Nancy E. Landrum, professor at the Quinlan School of Business & Institute for Environmental Sustainability, has been selected by the Office of International Programs as an IES Abroad Research Associate for the summer 2017 term in London, England! IES Abroad, a Loyola-approved study abroad program provider, offers only two research grants to visiting faculty each year, making the process highly competitive. Her research will focus on the Circular Economy, a more sustainable economic model being adopted by Japan, China, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.LEARN MORE
With the current Flint water crisis and recent reports of lead in Chicago’s water supply, water has been a hot topic over the past several months. Though we still face water challenges on a local and national level, Loyola has been taking action to ensure quality, conscious water-use within our own campus.
Loyola assistant professor Ping Jing, PhD, recently received a NASA grant to create a rating tool to measure the effects of climate change.
Over the last several years the SOAR project has identified the large east facing windows of the Norville gym as being particularly dangerous for migrating birds.READ MORE
A few questions with IES staff star, Kevin Erickson.READ MORE
Last fall, a new program started at Swift Elementary School in Edgewater. Fourth grade students spent the afternoons outside away from screens and electronics, reconnecting with the outdoors. The program taught students about sustainable gardening, and specifically showed them how planting milkweed can save the monarch butterfly population. Loyola’s very own Marina Garcia started the program.READ MORE
WBEZ's Worldview featuring Jerome McDonnell attended our 2016 Climate Change Conference. They also toured IES during a live broadcast of their show. You can listen to the podcast here.LEARN MORE
IES is one of two retail sources of aquaponics-bred tilapia at Chicago Farmers Markets. Take a look at this article and don't forget to purchase some of our local tilapia at the Loyola Farmers Market beginning June 8, 2016. (Scroll down half way for the information about Loyola.)READ MORE
As Earth Day approaches on April 22, 2016, Loyola is hosting several events on campus to help make the world a greener—and better—place. But the University’s commitment to the environment extends far beyond Earth Day. See what Loyola does year-round to promote sustainability.
While some students relaxed over the summer, Brittany Rivera spent her time working as an LUREC intern researching invasive species and soil. Most days she worked with buckthorn and collected data on the wetland’s water table. Rivera used this internship to learn more habitat restoration.
SES student Sydney Stuenkel considers our unsustainable water use in this highlighted student paper.
Andreas Carlgren, former Swedish minister for the environment, examines the issues at play in the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21)
How can we develop international agreements to reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions? Will the Global Climate Summit in Paris (COP21) be a success or a failure?
Give Magdalena Nykaza an open space on campus, and she’ll likely turn it into a vegetable garden. Nykaza, who was one of the first interns at the student farm on Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus, is heavily involved in the University’s urban agriculture program.
SES (formally IES) students studying abroad in Uppsala, Sweden recently had the opportunity to begin their studies of forestry. Student blogger Conner Keeffe lets us follow along.
His research takes new approach to age-old problem of invasive species
Assistant professor Reuben Keller, PhD, is an expert on invasive species—and he’s working on a new approach to try and solve this age-old problem.
Students each semester in the Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) class study, develop, and enact a service project to address a local environmental issue. The fun part? They get to pick the undertaking they want to study.
Weekend of Excellence
IES LUREC Biodiversity Research Interns Catherine Pacholski (Environmental Science 2015) and Samantha Keyport (Biology 2016) have won the STEM Outstanding Loyola Undergraduate Researcher Award for 2015 awarded at this year's Weekend of Excellence. Their research was titled Ecosystem Profile Assessment of Biodiversity at LUREC.READ MORE
Responding to the changing demographics and professional needs of our society, several graduate programs were developed to address those challenges. The new programs are offered in a variety of delivery models: on-campus, off-campus at the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills, online and blended.LEARN MORE
On July 21, the School of Environmental Sustainability’s Searle Biodiesel Lab was honored along with four other Chicagoland organizations by the Environmental Protection Agency. The five were among 21 recognized nationwide with the 2015 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award.
This year, Loyola finished near the top of the Sierra Club’s annual rankings of “Cool Schools”—making it one of the most environmentally responsible universities in the country.
For someone who didn’t plan on studying environmental science, Loyola alum Kelsey Horton has left her mark on the local green community. Horton, who graduated in 2012 and helped start the Loyola Farmers Market, now works at the Chicago-based Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.
This spring, Loyola achieved GOLD status through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Ratings System (STARS). The STARS rating system is evaluated by reviewing a college’s curriculum, research, campus engagement, public engagement, operations (air & climate, buildings, dining services, energy, grounds, purchasing, transportation, waste, and water), and planning an administration. There are 650 institutions that have registered for the AASHE STARS reporting tool, and Loyola is one of only 61 schools that have received the GOLD ranking. Loyola is the first Jesuit institution to achieve this level.
Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability was awarded a $500,000 US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to implement an innovative coastal wetland restoration, invasive plant management, and renewable bio-energy production project: Furthering capacity to maintain high quality coastal wetlands in Northern Michigan.
Loyola's Farmers Market opens for its fourth season, Monday, June 9, at its new Loyola Plaza location, just steps from the Loyola stop on the CTA Red Line.
Dave Miller (BS '75) and Stephan Rivard (BS '75, MD '79) founded Iroquois Valley Farms, which converts farmland back to an organic state.
Jeremy Gouldey, Edgar Perez and Natalie Lynch have all received honors during the semester - congratulations to all!
The first round of sustainability projects through The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) have been awarded. All projects were proposed by students or student groups and have a staff or faculty sponsor. They will also be supported by a member of the TGIF Council and Loyola’s Office of Sustainability, Facilities Department and Student Development.
Loyola's Purchasing Department and Warehouse Direct, Loyola's office supply vendor, hosted a green vendor fair in December to showcase effective and sustainable products.
The School of Environmental Sustainability, Department of Theology, Office of the President, College of Arts & Sciences and Richard A. McCormic S.J., Chair present the U.S. Energy and Climate Change: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy Conference. There will be a keynote address by James Balog, director of Chasing Ice, on Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m. The conference will be November 15 from 9 a.m - 4:00 p.m. at the Jo Ann Rooney Hall.
Professor Ping Jing of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability recently received Loyola’s Excellence in Teaching Freshmen Award. Read more about the classes she teaches and what lessons she hopes to instill in her students.LEARN MORE
Crain's Chicago Business
The $58.8 million Institute of Environmental Sustainability—is set to debut this month at the Rogers Park campus. The environmental structure “will raise our profile,” says the Rev. Michael Garanzini, Loyola's president since 2001. “We're building, I think, the best undergraduate university in the Midwest.”
Fr. Garanzini and Loyola University Chicago are featured in the current issue of Green Building and Design magazine. Read about his environmental sustainability initiative and the greening of our campus over the past 12 years.
Despite several degrees and years of experience that indicate otherwise, Stephen Mitten, S.J., doesn’t think of himself strictly as a scientist. “I see myself more as a naturalist,” he says. “I’m an ambassador for the environment.” As spiritual director and resident ecology faculty at Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus, Fr. Mitten teaches several biology and conservation courses. But his real love is avian ecology.LEARN MORE
Loyola's Nancy Tuchman, PhD, is one of five winners of Chicago magazine’s 2013 Green Awards, honoring unsung locals whose innovations are putting Chicago on the national map and doing something good for the earth.
Loyola University Chicago boosted its commitment to addressing environmental and climate change issues with the unveiling Dec. 14 of its new School of Environmental Sustainability.READ MORE