Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

What Loyola is Doing

Loyola has been advancing sustainability across the university for decades and has many accomplishments to celebrate.  The pages below highlight many of our successes and are organized by topic (Six Environmental Focus Areas) and university structure (Campus, Curriculum, Culture).

Sustainability means many different things to different people. Loyola has broken down our behaviors, ideas and projects into these six main issue areas. Most of the projects and initiatives we have undertaken and have planned fall within one or more of these focus areas.

To read more about what Loyola University Chicago is currently doing in each specific focus area, click on its icon below. Explore all six focus areas to fully understand what amazing progress we have made on the road to greater sustainability.


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Campus, Curriculum and Culture are the three main areas of focus for the Office of Sustainability.  Each has its own impact on our overall performance, but together we find the areas of overlap identify activities and actions that greatly impact the sustainability of the whole University.


Loyola is committed to sustainability and leads the way with green buildings and coursework in sustainability and environmental topics. Each of us can do our part to continue on this positive path. Whether you explore social, economic or environmental issues in your coursework or research, you have an opportunity to contribute and be part of making change on campus and in society.

To experience what Loyola is doing on campus and in communities, download the static PDF Campus Sustainability Map.


Sustainability and the 3 C's‌

True environmental sustainability, where resources are replenished at the same rate they are consumed, is a delicate balance that must be achieved and maintained.  To bring Loyola University Chicago closer to this balance, we must understand the many factors that have an impact on the many sides of our lives.  We have developed a framework through which we can explore, understand and influence sustainability issues.

Many other models have been developed to describe this idea: that only by considering a holistic set of factors can we approach true sustainability.  Ours is focused on the specifics of the University environment and providing experiences for young people to understand and act on these principles.  Other models focus more broadly on the business community or society in general.

One widely referenced model shows sustainability as the overlap of Environmental Quality, Social Equity and Economic Performance. The intermediate areas of overlap describe the resulting balance between any two of these areas.  With so many variations in what we all do at the University, it is helpful to have alternative ideas of how to frame the work of making Loyola more sustainable.