Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

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Aaron N. Durnbaugh, MS

Title/s:  Director of Sustainability

Specialty Area: Energy Efficiency, Strategic Planning, Public Outreach

Office #:  BVM Hall 209

Phone: 773.508.7558



Aaron Noble Durnbaugh, Director of Sustainability, supports the 16,000 students and 4,000 faculty and staff across 5 campuses and 3 academic centers in creating the most sustainable and transformative education experience possible. Working across the curriculum, culture and campuses of Loyola, Durnbaugh builds innovation and efficiency into the University’s programs and student experience focusing on water protection, energy conservation and mission-driven sustainability action. He currently serves on the Executive Advisory Council and the Board of the Chicago Wilderness Alliance, is an advisor to the Green Gigawatt Challenge and is on the Advisory Committee for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).

Previously, he served as the Deputy Commissioner leading Chicago Department of Environment's Natural Resources and Water Quality Division (NRWQ). The Department of Environment was the lead agency developing and implementing the Chicago Climate Action Plan. NRWQ educated the public on climate change issues through the Chicago Center for Green Technology, Chicago Conservation Corps, and Greencorps Chicago. NRWQ created mitigation opportunities through open space protection in the Calumet region, green infrastructure financing and various urban forestry projects. Most recently, Durnbaugh oversaw the City of Chicago’s climate adaptation strategy engaging stakeholders in built environment, public health and the natural environment.

He holds a Master's Degree in Geography and Environmental Studies and is a LEED™ accredited professional.