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Biodiesel Lab

Climate and Energy

Climate and Energy

Loyola recognizes the impact of climate change on vulnerable populations and ecosystems in our region and worldwide. Researchers in this group explore climate change’s impact on natural and social systems from Chicago to Alaska to Vietnam. Team members study scientific and socio-economic aspects of the problem and develop practical solutions. Our working biodiesel lab puts research into practice, and the Loyola Climate Change Conference brings experts together to discuss the latest discoveries and most promising solutions.

Advancing energy policy and administration systems to shift away from fossil fuels and mitigate climate change.

Climate Change Conference

Climate change has direct impacts on human health through climate-induced food and water insecurities, displacement, and pollution. We must consider that the impacts are not equally distributed among people of varying race, gender, and income. Join us virtually during the week of March 14 through March 18, 2022 to explore these issues and consider the intersection of climate change, human health, and justice.

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Our Programs and Faculty

Related Degrees and Certifications

Faculty and Staff

  • Laura Brentner
  • Lopa Chakraborti
  • Ray Dybzinski
  • Ping Jing
  • Max Melstrom
  • Gilbert Michaud
  • Greg Palmer
  • Zach Waickman


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Community Impact

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Alternative Fuel

Unlocking the power of algae

Jake Nalley (BS '11) is working to uncover new ways to unlock the benefits of algae

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Climate Change

Nancy Tuchman: Addressing Climate Change

Loyola Expert, Nancy Tuchman, shares how universities and concerned citizens can address climate change.

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biodiesel lab

Cooking oil to bus fuel and more

Beyond bus fuel, biosoap, hand sanitizer, windshield wiper fluid, and fertilizer are some of the viable products to come from Loyola's biodiesel lab.

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Student Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Fellowships

SES Undergraduate Research Fellowships allow students to conduct interdisciplinary research on issues related to unsustainable natural resource uses in the greater Chicago land region.

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Graduate Student Opportunities

Graduate students have an opportunity to apply as an Alfred H. Baum Family Graduate Research Scholar to fund and explore questions in energy policy and administration systems to shift away from fossil fuels to mitigate climate change.

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Student Internships and Jobs

The School of Environmental Sustainability provides hands-on internship opportunities for students to get deeply involved in our environmental initiatives.

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