Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

University Libraries Sustainability Committee

The Committee works to raise awareness among the staff of the importance of sustainability in our work lives (and beyond) and to encourage library staff to be good stewards of the resources available and have access to.  The committee promotes sustainability to students, faculty, and staff through adopting policies and practices which demonstrate our own commitment to conserving natural resources.


  • Worked with Facilities Management and University Recycling Assistant to evaluate placement of recycling containers in Cudahy Library, Klarchek Information Commons; clustered trash and recycling bins; ordered multiport recycling containers to reduce cross-contamination
  • Participate in RecycleMania each year
  • Enabled energy-saver settings on all copy machines in Cudahy and Lewis Libraries, and the Information Commons
  • Established a reusable servingware program for Cudahy Library staff lunch and break room
  • Partnered with Loyola's Information Technology Services team to set duplex printing as the default on public computers in Cudahy and Lewis Libraries, and the Information Commons
  • Order and use environmentally friendly cleaning supplies for staff lunch and break room and other work areas
  • Removed University Libraries Department from mailing lists which resulted in removal of blind mailings and other unnecessary mail. 
  • Partner with Golden Key Society to collect used books for Better World Books
  • Monthly staff newsletters includes a sustainability-themed column
  • Created a "Take One/Leave One Plastic Bag Collection" program at the circulation desk
  • Participate in the annual Chicago Bike Commuter Challenge