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Sustainability Awards Round-Up

2016 was a stellar year for Loyola and sustainability initiatives across our campus. Take a look at some of the awards we received for the work the Office of Sustainability does on campus.

  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Campus Index - Top Performer in Transportation. The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), highlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 areas and overall by institution type, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

  • League of American Bicyclist: Bike Friendly University: Silver level. This program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff, and visitors. The BFU program provides the roadmap and technical assistance to create great campuses for cycling. There are now 164 Bicycle Friendly Universities in 44 states and Washington, DC. Our standing is good for four years.

  • Green Electronics Council: EPEAT Sustainable Purchasing Award.  EPEAT is a trusted source of environmental product ratings that makes it easy for purchasers to select high-performance electronics that support their organization’s sustainability goals. Loyola was recognized for its procurement efforts in these categories: PCs and Displays, Imaging Equipment and Televisions.

  • Ranked No. 7 in Sierra Club Cool School Listing. The 2016 Cool Schools rankings, released September 6, place Loyola at No. 7 out of more than 200 participating schools. Loyola is the only Illinois university in the Top 30 in the rankings, and the only Chicago school to crack the Top 90. Loyola ranked No. 4 in the 2014 rankings. The Sierra Club praised Loyola for several green initiatives including its eco-friendly residence halls, its extensive biodiesel program, and its trayless cafeterias (which help reduce food waste).

  • Princeton Review: Green Schools list Top 50.  Loyola University of Chicago was mentioned by the Princeton Review as a top 50 green school.

  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities / EcoAmerica / Solution Generation - Climate Leader (for all Catholic Colleges and Universities). In a ceremony on January 29,2017, President Jo Ann Rooney represented Loyola in receiving an award for Climate Leadership from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and Solution Generation. Loyola's Director of Sustainability Aaron Durnbaugh submitted the application on behalf of Loyola to demonstrate the university's leadership on climate action and this funding will support Loyola students implementing climate action in our surrounding neighborhoods of Edgewater and Rogers Park through LakeShore Community Partners.

  • Bike Commuter Challenge. In the 2016 Bike Commuter Challenge, Loyola ranked 5th overall in miles and 6th overall in riders.  

  • RecycleMania Game Day Basketball: 1st Place. Last year’s Zero Waste Game resulted in a 96% diversion rate of trash. Go Ramblers!