Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

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Bicycling

Biking is a popular and sustainable choice at Loyola, especially at our two lake front campuses located along multiple bike paths. We have Divvy bike sharing and the student-run ChainLinks bike rental and repair shop on campus. Read more...

Biodiesel

The Biodiesel program creates an alternative fuel source to reduce toxic emissions. The intercampus shuttle buses use Loyola Biodiesel fuel. Read more...

Car Sharing

Car-sharing is a rapidly expanding industry that provides individuals and organizations with automated, self-service, 24-hour access to a decentralized fleet of vehicles. Both Enterprise and ZipCar have numerous vehicles near campus. Read more...

ChainLinks

ChainLinks, a student-operated bike rental and repair shop, is active in promoting cycling and alternative transportation. Read more...

Electric Vehicle Charging

Loyola now has 2 electric vehicle charging stations installed and infrastructure to add an additional 6 stations. They are located in the Fordham parking garage on the Lake Shore Campus. Read more...

Intercampus Shuttle Bus

At Loyola, all students, faculty, and staff are eligible to ride the biodiesel-powered inter-campus shuttle free of charge. Read more...

Public Transit

Loyola's campuses are conveniently accessible by train and bus, and Loyola programs encourage the use of public transit by students, faculty, and staff. Read more...

Walking

Loyola's neighborhoods offer plenty of safe, accessible sidewalks for everyone to enjoy.  Almost 14% of employees walk to work. Read more...

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Loyola is committed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified Buildings for all new construction. Read more...

Energy Efficient Design and Renewables

Many of Loyola's buildings employ sustainable technologies. There have been significant retrofits to heating and cooling infrastructure and energy efficiency upgrades throughout Loyola. Read more...

Net Zero Energy Campus

Loyola University's Retreat & Ecology Campus (LUREC) is working toward the goal of running the entire campus on renewable energy. Read more...

Earth Hour

Loyola participates in Earth Hour each year, a program focused on energy conservation. Read more...

Green Data Centers

Loyola recognizes the impact computing equipment can have on energy consumption and cost to students. Read more...

Solar Thermal

The Green Initiative Fund awarded a student $10,000 to conduct a feasibility study for heating hot water using the sun on Loyola residence halls. Read more...

Green Laboratories

Some of the most resource intensive activities on a college campus are those connected with our laboratories. Read more...

Solutions to Environmental Problems: Food Systems

Students can take the STEP Food Systems course to engage in multidisciplinary study and student-led projects related to the many activities involved in food production and consumption. Read more...

Sustainable Agriculture

At the Retreat & Ecology Campus, students have the opportunity to explore the theory and practice of modern sustainable agriculture. Read more...

Campus Urban Agriculture

The Urban Agriculture Demonstration Gardens Project provides interactive, real-world educational tools for the entire Loyola community. Read more...

Loyola Farmers Market

The Loyola's Farmers Market at our Lake Shore Campus brings local, sustainable food to the campus community. Read more...

Edible Landscaping

With input from students, Loyola's campus plan includes landscape with edible flora. Read more...

Green Threads: Aramark

Loyola's dining partner, Aramark, summarizes its commitment to environmental sustainability through the Green Threads program. Read more...

Engrained Cafe at the School of Environmental Sustainability

Opening in the Fall of 2013, the School for Environmental Sustainability includes an organic cafe based on sustainable dining principles. Read more...

Hunger Week

Loyola participates in Hunger Week each year to engage the community by standing in solidarity with those who hunger. Read more...

Annual Sustainable Dinner

Loyola's Gannon Center for Women & Leadership sponsors a sustainable dinner each year, focusing on the ethics of sustainable food that is sourced locally. Read more...

Native Landscaping

Native landscaping is used on Loyola's grounds for a variety of environmental benefits. Read more...

Smart Irrigation

Loyola's Smart Irrigation System provides the most efficient way to get water to trees and shrubs when stressful dry conditions exist. Read more...

Migratory Bird Window Collisions

Loyola students created SOAR: Student Operation for Avian Relief to work with facilities managers to make buildings “bird-safe” during migratory season by closing blinds and turning out lights to prevent birds from flying into windows and by rescuing injured birds for rehabilitation. Read more...

Ecological Restoration

At the Retreat & Ecology Campus, Loyola is in the process of restoring the biodiversity of fragile ecosystems in rural Illinois. Read more...

Green Rooftops

Loyola has more green roofs than any other college in the midwest. Read more...

Storm Water Management

Loyola's landscaping is designed to support sustainable storm water management practices, keeping millions of gallons from the sewer system and reducing community flooding. Read more...

Gentle Pavement De-Icing

Facilities Management at Loyola uses some sugar beet-based anti-icing granules to protect the watershed and Lake Michigan. Read more...

University Recycling Program

Loyola has a comprehensive campus-wide recycling program, run by Facilities Management, that engages the campus community to reduce waste and recycle. Loyola's recycling program helps students, faculty and staff better understand what can be recycled and how to reduce their carbon footprint. Read more...

Think Green and Give

During move-out each May, students are encouraged to donate un-needed items to charity through the Think Green & Give event. Read more...

Recyclemania!

Loyola keeps moving up the ranks each year in this nationwide recycling competition. Read more...

Composting

Loyola has multiple composting programs, including aerobic composting in our gardens and plate-waste composting in dining halls. Read more...

Offices and Housekeeping

Loyola Offices and Housekeeping are doing their part to reduce consumption. Read more...

Battery, Ink-Jet, & Small Electronic Recycling

Facilities Management and the Office of Sustainability oversee the recycling of these additional items. Read more...

Green Cleaning

Cleaning products used on campus meet certain green standards. Read more...

Student-Driven Bottled Water Ban

Loyola students voted to ban the sale of bottled water on campus, viewing access to water as a fundamental human right. Read more...

Aquatic Ecology Research

Faculty and students conduct collaborative research on aquatic ecology and regional water issues. Read more...

Solutions To Environmental Problems: Water Course

Students can take the STEP Water course to study issues regarding water conservation, and initiate and lead campus projects pertaining to these topics. Read more...

Smart Irrigation

Loyola implements water-smart landscaping and a "Smart Irrigation System" to conserve water. Read more...

Garden Design Competition

A workshop competition was held in 2015 for students and professional landscape architects and designers to create a garden design for the east lawn of Burrowes Hall. Read more...

John Felice Rome Center

Loyola has made commitment to sustainability. The John Felice Center in Rome has taken this commitment to heart as part of the international experience of a transformative education. Read more...

Faith-driven Activism on Campus 

Loyola’s Shareholder Advocacy Committee works to uphold our values through responsible investments. Read more...

Food Access and Donations 

Increased access to healthy foods is now made possible at the farmers market and through donations of food grown on campus. Read more...

Sustainability Policies

By including sustainability into our practices and our policies, we institutionalize our commitment to reducing our negative impacts. Read more...

Vendor Partners

Building a sustainable university can’t be done alone. Loyola relies on the sustainability efforts of our partners and vendors to meet our goals. Read more...

Climate Change

Loyola recognizes the impact of global climate change to vulnerable populations and ecosystems around the world and in our backyard. Read more...

University Commitments

Loyola is a home for all faiths and this is reflected in the University's commitment to sustainability. Read more...

Integrating Sustainability Practice & Principles

For sustainability to truly become part of our students' thinking and behaviors, we must infuse the courses with environmental and social sustainability principles. Read more...

Student Organizations

Loyola student groups are actively promoting conservation through a variety of activities and initiatives. Read more...

Co-Curricular Activities

Film Series, Workshops, Fieldtrips, and Peer-to-Peer Education.  Across the departments and student life, co-curricular activities are plenty at Loyola for staff, students and faculty. Read more...

Bike-Friendly University

Loyola is doing what it can to support bikes and biking as healthy and sustainable transportation options for our campuses. Visit the Bike to Loyola website for information on how to plan your route, bike safe in the city and make sure your bike is there when you need it. Read more...