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Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP)

Be part of the solution

Students in our STEP courses do more than learn about today’s most pressing environmental problems. They act.

Our Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) course of study:

  • Gives energized students a voice in sustainability initiatives both local and global in scope
  • Empowers students to significantly reduce the campus environmental footprint
  • Develops sustainability initiatives
  • Brings classroom and lab learnings into the real world
You get tight-knit feeling of team-based, unconventional learning in a STEP class. STEP student

Our STEP courses are:

Interdisciplinary: Students explore the ecological, historical, social, political and economic contexts of environmental problems their impact in local communities. Courses topics focus on critical areas such as food systems, water and climate action. Through coursework and in-depth research, students become acutely aware of the issues.

Student-Driven Through hands-on learning, students develop their capabilities in environmental problem-solving. Solution-oriented projects are chosen by students, including participating in lab activities to develop practical and technical scientific solutions. Field trips enable students to observe and communicate with practitioners.

Innovative: Solving environmental problems requires understanding and skills development in multiple learning dimensions. Coursework is designed with the understanding that students differ in learning styles and interests. And learning occurs through a variety of experiences tailored to each student's strengths.

 

Student Projects

Some STEP projects catalyze longer-term sustainability action and become institutionalized over time. Take a look at these STEP projects our students have undertaken and SES has adopted.

Biodiesel Program: STEP students explored producing biodiesel from waste vegetable oil through projects related to chemistry, business planning, educational outreach, and proposal writing.

UnCap Loyola: This two-year campaign led by the Student Environmental Alliance resulted in a campus ban on the sale of bottled water and the installation of 50 water refill stations.

 

Careers

Our students report developing or strengthening skills important to careers in the sustainability field, including:

  • Adapting to unexpected changes
  • Communication (presenting, writing, networking)
  • Collaboration / teamwork
  • Inquiry / research / synthesizing information
  • Project management.

 

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Our Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) course of study:

  • Gives energized students a voice in sustainability initiatives both local and global in scope
  • Empowers students to significantly reduce the campus environmental footprint
  • Develops sustainability initiatives
  • Brings classroom and lab learnings into the real world

Our STEP courses are:

Interdisciplinary: Students explore the ecological, historical, social, political and economic contexts of environmental problems their impact in local communities. Courses topics focus on critical areas such as food systems, water and climate action. Through coursework and in-depth research, students become acutely aware of the issues.

Student-Driven Through hands-on learning, students develop their capabilities in environmental problem-solving. Solution-oriented projects are chosen by students, including participating in lab activities to develop practical and technical scientific solutions. Field trips enable students to observe and communicate with practitioners.

Innovative: Solving environmental problems requires understanding and skills development in multiple learning dimensions. Coursework is designed with the understanding that students differ in learning styles and interests. And learning occurs through a variety of experiences tailored to each student's strengths.

 

Student Projects

Some STEP projects catalyze longer-term sustainability action and become institutionalized over time. Take a look at these STEP projects our students have undertaken and SES has adopted.

Biodiesel Program: STEP students explored producing biodiesel from waste vegetable oil through projects related to chemistry, business planning, educational outreach, and proposal writing.

UnCap Loyola: This two-year campaign led by the Student Environmental Alliance resulted in a campus ban on the sale of bottled water and the installation of 50 water refill stations.

 

Careers

Our students report developing or strengthening skills important to careers in the sustainability field, including:

  • Adapting to unexpected changes
  • Communication (presenting, writing, networking)
  • Collaboration / teamwork
  • Inquiry / research / synthesizing information
  • Project management.