Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

Solar Thermal

Feasibility Study, 2014

Loyola student, Dana Buelsing, was concerned about hydraulic fracturing for natural gas production but didn't know what she could do. After talking with staff at the SES, she realized Loyola's main contribution to this issue was the use of natural gas for heating, hot water and cooking.

With this in mind, she applied for funding from The Green Initiative Fund and received $10,000 to conduct a feasibility study for heating hot water using the sun on Loyola residence halls. Dana led the effort with support from Campus Sustainability, Facilities and technical assistance by Elara Engineering.

Although many residence halls were not deemed appropriate due to existing hot water systems, limited mechanical spaces or limited use during the summer months, the report suggests further consideration should be given to de Nobili, Fordham, Regis, Santa Clara and Simpson Residence Halls.

2014 Solar Thermal Feasibility Study.