Dear Friends and Colleagues:
I write with very exciting news. Loyola University Chicago has made a new, greatly expanded commitment to the environment. I am pleased to say that we (IES) are now Loyola’s newest school: The School of Environmental Sustainability (SES). This makes Loyola University Chicago the first Jesuit University worldwide to launch a flagship School of Environmental Sustainability. Amidst uncertain times, Loyola has chosen to invest in caring for our common home and the stability of our youth’s future by developing the University’s eleventh school.
Over the past twelve years, the University has made three extraordinary investments in education, research and action addressing the planetary environmental crisis. Loyola began its earnest commitment to this global problem in 2002, with the start of our campus sustainability initiative, which lowered our environmental footprint by 50%. In 2013 the IES was launched, which marked another substantial investment in environmental sustainability with a new building, new faculty, and new curricular programs. Now, promoting the IES to School status with resources to double our faculty and triple the student body is the third large phase of this overarching commitment to the environment.
At Loyola, 52 percent of incoming freshman choose us, in part, for our commitment to the environment. We are consistently ranked in the top 5% of green campuses in this country, and were named to Princeton Review’s Green College Honor Roll just last week. Loyola has made an ambitious pledge to be a carbon neutral university by 2025. Now I’m thrilled to say that our University has taken the next step in this journey by naming new School of Environmental Sustainability which will advance knowledge and action on environmental health equity, sustainable economics and governance systems, and innovations in sustainability and renewable energy.
At SES, we won’t just be teaching our students about environmental science or environmental policy, we will be training them to become the next generation of environmental leaders. We want our students to help solve some of the most vexing problems of today’s environmental crisis. Issues like biodiversity loss, climate change, and renewable energy will be tackled from multiple disciplinary angles. We understand that these issues are not just scientific problems, but rather human problems that require an all-in approach. This is what we will aim to do as we grow as a School.
With gratitude and enthusiasm,
Nancy C. Tuchman, PhD
Founding Dean, School of Environmental Sustainability