Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability


Loyola continues to advance sustainability across infrastructure, curriculum and community.  By including sustainability into our practices AND or policies we institutionalize our commitment to reducing our negative impacts through our, and our contractors', actions.

Sustainable policies include:


Loyola's Facilities Office has committed to sustainability in its housekeeping efforts. All paper products (paper towels, napkins, etc..) are 100% post-consumer recycled content paper.  Over 90% of all cleaning products are GreenSeal certified and are delivered in concentrate and diluted on site to save cost and energy in transportation from the supplier.  Facilities partners with the Office of Sustainability to provide composting in Dining Halls as well as in a voluntary program in Loyola offices and residence halls.

Information Technology

In an effort to reduce the impact of our technological needs, Loyola has pursued the following practices: Virtual data centers, Energy star equipment, Power saving defaults, Encouraged telecommuting by providing Virtual Private Networks, Online meetings with teleconference equipment, Paper reduction  through duplex default and the paperless department initiative (ECM docfinity).

Loyola's Information Technology Services (ITS) is committed to supporting sustainability through our purchases of new equipment and technology.  With nearly all equipment meeting EnergyStar and EPEAT certification goals, ITS is advancing sustainability through its purchasing policy.

Actual Text of the Policy: Whenever possible, Loyola purchases only Energy Star certified equipment and makes every attempt to choose EPEAT silver or gold-certified desktops, laptops, printers and monitors. We encourage all Loyola students, staff and faculty to consider sustainable information technology equipment.

New Construction

Loyola has committed to construct all buildings to the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s Silver Certification. 

Existing Buildings

Loyola has a number of policies related to operations of our facilities.  These include a temperature set policy, lighting reduction policy, a parking reduction policy and an energy retrofit plan for all campuses. Under development is identifying an energy use standard and an appropriate timeline to meet these goals. 

Purchasing and Procurement

Loyola is making our facilities better for all occupants by committing to green cleaning supplies which improve indoor air quality by reducing hazardous chemicals.  Energy Star and WaterSmart equipment is specified in contracts. 

The University is committed to considering the use for small, disadvantaged, women-owned, veteran-owned, service disable veteran-owned, and HUBZone business and environmentally sensitive products though our purchasing. The purchasing department has adopted a policy on sustainability and each vendor must include their sustainability efforts when they provide a proposal to sell goods or services. Click here for more information on this policy (found on p. 18).  

Actual Text of the Policy: 3.6 Policy Statement On University Environmental Sustainability Initiatives

Loyola University Chicago is committed and continually strengthens its sustainability efforts with our campus partners. Buyers and users should utilize suppliers and service providers that make use of, to practicable extent, materials and services that support the University's environmental mission and goals of reducing, reusing and recycling. The Purchasing Department leverages current supplier relationships to raise awareness of the need to reduce our environmental impact and maximize resource efficiency. 

Stormwater Management

Loyola respects its place on the lakefront by proper stormwater management.  On the Lake Shore Campus rain water is captured by green roofs, cisterns and the landscape, filtered and released to Lake Michigan saving over 10 Million Gallons from entering the sewer system and impacting the Chicago River.  This is a part of our Stormwater Management Plan for the campus.

Waste and Recycling

Loyola recycles at least 75% of all construction and demolition debris.  Recycling is enforced at all campuses and composting is being implemented into all dining facilities.

Water Conservation

Loyola uses WaterSense fixtures in all new construction to save water and energy.  A student-led effort to ban bottled water addresses water privatization concerns and saves energy and unnecessary packaging.