Sustainability commitments at the Local and Global levels.
Loyola University Chicago has confirmed our commitment to a sustainable campus and student experience by becoming signatories to widely accepted sustainability "compacts." These agreements outline our pledge to work towards expanding a sustainability program, engaging the campus community, greening our operations and monitoring our performance.
This state pledge has the goal of encouraging colleges and universities within Illinois to incorporate sustainability into their campus operations, academic and research programs, student activities and community outreach. We have signed on at the Gold level, which requires integrating sustainability throughout the campus and working towards measured improvement. For more information, see the Illinois Sustainability Compact.
This pledge affirms that Loyola will:
- PRAY and reflect on the duty to care for God’s Creation and protect the poor and vulnerable;
- LEARN about and educate others on the causes and moral dimensions of climate change;
- ASSESS how we, as an institution, contribute to climate change by our own energy use, consumption and waste;
- ACT to change our choices and behaviors to reduce the ways we contribute to climate change; and
- ADVOCATE for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions, especially as they impact those who are poor and vulnerable.
This national commitment affirms that Loyola is aware of its role regarding climate change and commits us to initiate a plan to:
- Create a sustainability structure, conduct an emissions inventory and develop a plan to become climate neutral,
- Establish policies that reduce our carbon footprint, and
- Make this information public through the ACUPCC Reporting System.
These are all actions that are in place or will be implemented as part of the sustainability planning process. Over 674 colleges and universities have signed on to this commitment to date. For more information see: ACUPCC.
This international declaration affirms that Loyola is committed to sustainability of our planet through global environmental literacy and sustainable development. This declaration has been signed on to by 437 universities from over 50 countries. For more information, see the Talloires Declaration.
By signing all four commitments we have affirmed our leadership at the international, national, state and faith-based fronts.