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2023 Progress Report

Sustainable Solutions for a Changing World

Progress Report - Fall 2023

Explore the latest School of Environmental Sustainability Progress Report to learn about new academic programs, impactful research, student accomplishments, alumni careers, and more. 

Nancy Tuchman

From the Dean

It has been a year of growth and renewal at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Environmental Sustainability (SES). During the 2022 to 2023 academic year, we reached our highest enrollment level yet, with more than 500 active undergraduate and graduate students. We welcomed new faculty, introduced a bachelor’s degree program in environmental economics, celebrated student accomplishments, and advanced impactful research.

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graph showing increasing enrollment
Program growth

Serving a growing student community

During the 2022 to 2023 academic year, a total of 160 students completed degree and certificate programs in the School of Environmental sustainability, our largest graduating class yet. SES awarded 112 bachelor’s degrees, 38 master’s degrees, 10 graduate certificates.

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students working outdoors
Our students

Learning beyond the classroom

Education in SES extends beyond the conventional classroom. Our students make the most of opportunities to learn through applied research, volunteer activities, and student-driven sustainability projects. In the process, they enrich their education and positively impact the University and the broader community.

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Maggie Nykaza

Careers that make a difference

Graduates of the School of Environmental Sustainability pursue careers in diverse fields. Meet recent graduates advancing sustainability and making a difference in business, government, and nonprofit sectors.

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Mark Mackey with students

Outstanding educators and researchers joining our team

The School of Environmental Sustainability’s faculty continues to grow. Meet the new faculty members who joined SES during the 2022–2023 academic year and in the fall of 2023.

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Shane Lishawa with students

Restoring biodiverse wetlands in the Great Lakes region

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.

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Max Melstrom, Sarah Ku, Lopa Chakraborti

Connecting sustainability, business, and economics

The School of Environmental Sustainability (SES) applies a whole-systems approach to complex environmental challenges, focusing on multidimensional solutions that account for interconnected scientific, social, political, and economic factors. In recent years, SES has built on its interdisciplinary approach by expanding programs focused on the connections between sustainability, business, and economics.

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lake shore campus scene with tulips blooming
Green campus

Creating a sustainable campus

Sustainability is a University-wide priority at Loyola. The University’s strategic plan identifies Care for Our World as a core enduring value, and our students, faculty, and staff collaborate across departments to put this value into action in our educational programs, campus operations, and daily activities.

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Climate conference panelists on stage

Seeking solutions and celebrating success

Throughout the year, various events and programs bring the Loyola community together to discuss critical sustainability challenges, explore solutions, and celebrate our successes.

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sunset over a lake

SES donor honor roll

Contributions from generous supporters advance our mission of educating the next generation of environmental leaders.

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Download the PDF

Click the links below to download PDF versions of the Fall 2023 Progress Report.

Download the PDF

Click the links below to download PDF versions of the Fall 2023 Progress Report.