Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability


  • Student Government Honors SES Student

    This spring, the Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC) held a year-end banquet to honor members who have shown extraordinary leadership. School of Environmental Sustainability (SES) student Beth Thilges received the Ignatian Leadership Award for her outstanding accomplishments this year as the chair of the SGLC Sustainability Committee.
  • Abrams Challenge 2022

    The Abrams Sustainable Business Challenge Finalists

    This year on Earth Day, teams of Loyola University Chicago students will pitch their ideas for sustainable businesses to a panel of expert judges in the Abrams Sustainable Business Challenge. The top teams will win funds to help them launch their environmentally friendly ventures.
  • The Mayors Are Still In

    North American Climate Summit shows that many Americans are ready to address climate change head-on.
  • Achieving the Gold Standard

    Loyola has participated in the STARS program since 2014, and currently holds a Gold STAR level rating received in February of 2017.
  • Congratulations to the IES Class of 2017!

    Our graduating seniors have taken to heart Loyola's mission of social justice. This year's Senior Award winners have worked for the Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke; developed an innovative way to clean waste water in our biodiesel lab; managed our farmers market; brought solar to our campus, and much more.
  • Every day is Earth Day at Loyola

    Loyola has been a leader in sustainability for years, and it recently was named the seventh greenest college campus in the country by the Sierra Club. Watch Video
  • Awards

    Sustainability Awards Round-Up

    2016 was a stellar year for Loyola and sustainability initiatives across our campus. Take a look at some of the awards we received for the work the Office of Sustainability does on campus.
  • My Top Five: SES Student Rachel Monsey ‘18 reflects on her experience at COP 22 in Marrakech

    In November, a cohort of SES Students studying abroad at the Newman Institute in Sweden attended the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) in Marrakech, Morocco. Here, Environmental Policy major Rachel Monsey tells us her top five takeaways from her experience at COP 22.
  • International Impact

    Ecotoxicologist sought out during Vietnam disaster

    This spring, Vietnam experienced a massive localized die-off of fish populations in the waters off of four coastal provinces, a disaster that sparked rare protests across the country and affected thousands of people. IES (now SES) ecotoxicologist Tham Hoang, PhD was tapped by the Vietnam Environmental Administration to provide expert advice.
  • Sustainable Living--Swedish Style

    Unique study abroad program between the School of Environmental Sustainability (SES) and the Newman Institute in Uppsala, Sweden offers students a new view of environmental studies.
  • Ecological Restoration

    Program turns invasive plants into energy

    Loyola’s School of Environmental Sustainability is working to turn invasive plants around the Great Lakes into different types of green energy.
  • Water Conservation

    SES Leads Water Efforts at Loyola

    With the current Flint water crisis and recent reports of lead in Chicago’s water supply, water has been a hot topic over the past several months. Though we still face water challenges on a local and national level, Loyola has been taking action to ensure quality, conscious water-use within our own campus.
  • New tool could help track climate change

    Loyola assistant professor Ping Jing, PhD, recently received a NASA grant to create a rating tool to measure the effects of climate change.
  • Biodiversity Protection

    Loyola's campus is more friendly for migratory birds

    Over the last several years the SOAR project has identified the large east facing windows of the Norville gym as being particularly dangerous for migrating birds.
  • SES student helps Rogers Park and Edgewater restore butterfly population

    Last fall, a new program started at Swift Elementary School in Edgewater. Fourth grade students spent the afternoons outside away from screens and electronics, reconnecting with the outdoors. The program taught students about sustainable gardening, and specifically showed them how planting milkweed can save the monarch butterfly population. Loyola’s very own Marina Garcia started the program.
  • Every day is Earth Day at Loyola

    As Earth Day approaches on April 22, Loyola is hosting several events on campus to help make the world a greener—and better—place. But the University’s commitment to the environment extends far beyond Earth Day. See what Loyola does year-round to promote sustainability.
  • SES Student Profile: McNair Scholar and first-generation college student Brittany Rivera

    While some students relaxed over the summer, Brittany Rivera spent her time working as an LUREC intern researching invasive species and soil. Most days she worked with buckthorn and collected data on the wetland’s water table. Rivera used this internship to learn more habitat restoration.
  • Climate Change

    SES interviews Andreas Carlgren, former Swedish Minister for the Environment

    Andreas Carlgren was the longest serving Swedish Minister for the Environment from 2006-2011. Throughout his term, he helped Sweden expand renewable energy and significantly reduce its’ GHG (Green House Gas) emissions.
  • STEP Class Highlight

    SES student Sydney Stuenkel considers our unsustainable water use in this highlighted student paper.
  • Climate Change

    Andreas Carlgren, former Swedish minister for the environment, examines the issues at play in the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21)

    How can we develop international agreements to reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions? Will the Global Climate Summit in Paris (COP21) be a success or a failure?
  • Student Spotlight

    STEP Class Highlight

    SES senior Caitlin Dillon reflects on preparing a sustainable meal in our fast-food culture.
  • Climate Change

    Students lead day of action to combat climate change

    Loyola joined 60 college campuses across the United States on October 2nd for Know Tomorrow, a student-led demand for action on climate change. Hosted by the Student Environmental Alliance (SEA), Loyola’s KnowTomorrow event brought awareness to eco-friendly living habits and collected environmental petitions.
  • Study Abroad

    SES student Conner Keeffe Blogs about her time at the Newman Institute in Sweden

    SES (formally IES) students studying abroad in Uppsala, Sweden recently had the opportunity to begin their studies of forestry. Student blogger Conner Keeffe lets us follow along.
  • Special Event

    Know Tomorrow

    Loyola University Chicago is partnering with Know Tomorrow to sponsor a Day of Action in response to climate change! Friday, October 2 at 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Damen Student Center
  • Searle Biodiesel Lab receives award

    On July 21, the School of Environmental Sustainability’s Searle Biodiesel Lab was honored along with four other Chicagoland organizations by the Environmental Protection Agency. The five were among 21 recognized nationwide with the 2015 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award.
  • Sustainability

    Taking on invasive species

    Assistant professor Reuben Keller, PhD, is an expert on invasive species—and he’s working on a new approach to try and solve this age-old problem.
  • Understanding the Pope’s encyclical

    Pope Francis released his encyclical on climate change Thursday. Read what Loyola’s Nancy Tuchman, PhD, has to say about the Pope’s environmental call to action.
  • In the classroom

    STEP courses give students chance to make a difference

    Students each semester in the Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) class study, develop, and enact a service project to address a local environmental issue. The fun part? They get to pick the undertaking they want to study.
  • Current Research

    Studying Soil Health on Green Roofs

    Green roofs are being increasingly utilized on urban buildings for their ability to retain storm water, insulate buildings, and cool urban heat islands.
  • Graduate Programs Expansion

    Responding to the changing demographics and professional needs of our society, several graduate programs were developed to address those challenges. The new programs are offered in a variety of delivery models: on-campus, off-campus at the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills, online and blended.
  • Undergraduate Teacher Preparation

    Beginning fall 2013, SOE teacher candidates will be part of an innovative program that redesigns the way future teachers are prepared. Faculty and candidates are on-site together, visiting schools, and communities, from the freshman year forward.    
  • Design Competition

    Design Competition: Designing Father Garanzini’s Garden

    Join landscape architects in redesigning Father Garanzini’s Garden.
  • For this alum, it’s all about making an eco-friendly impact

    For someone who didn’t plan on studying environmental science, Loyola alum Kelsey Horton has left her mark on the local green community. Horton, who graduated in 2012 and helped start the Loyola Farmers Market, now works at the Chicago-based Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.
  • Early Bird Gets the Worm

    SES students gave a wonderful account of one early morning spent at the Boone Creek Conservation Area, near Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus doing bird counts for the McHenry County Audubon Society and the Bird Conservation Network.
  • Loyola Students Kill the Cup

    Loyola University Chicago recently finished in second place nationally in the inaugural KillTheCup.com competition!
  • Testimonial

    LUREC Testimonial

    Loyola student Hannah Lauer described her experience as an intern for Conservation and Restoration at LUREC. "The time I have spent there is invaluable to me."
  • LINK Up Grant

    Farmers Market Assists LINK Card Families

    The Loyola Farmers Market received funding to assist Illinois Link Card families to increase their ability to purchase more fresh, healthy local foods with Double Value Coupons for LINK-approved foods.
  • Profile

    Junior Wins EPA Fellowship

    Loyola Junior Amber White Wins USEPA Research Fellowship for her Project: "Achieving Net-Zero: Designing a Sustainable Waste-Water Treatment System for Biodiesel Production Processes."
  • Loyola Earns AASHE Gold Rating

    This spring, Loyola achieved GOLD status through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Ratings System (STARS). The STARS rating system is evaluated by reviewing a college’s curriculum, research, campus engagement, public engagement, operations (air & climate, buildings, dining services, energy, grounds, purchasing, transportation, waste, and water), and planning an administration. There are 650 institutions that have registered for the AASHE STARS reporting tool, and Loyola is one of only 61 schools that have received the GOLD ranking. Loyola is the first Jesuit institution to achieve this level.
  • IES awarded $500,000 US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant

    Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability was awarded a $500,000 US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to implement an innovative coastal wetland restoration, invasive plant management, and renewable bio-energy production project: Furthering capacity to maintain high quality coastal wetlands in Northern Michigan.
  • Loyola's Farmers Market

    New location, new vendors: Loyola's Farmers Market brings more to your table

    Loyola's Farmers Market opens for its fourth season, Monday, June 9, at its new Loyola Plaza location, just steps from the Loyola stop on the CTA Red Line.
  • Back to the soil

    Dave Miller (BS '75) and Stephan Rivard (BS '75, MD '79) founded Iroquois Valley Farms, which converts farmland back to an organic state.
  • Award winning SES faculty and SES students!

    Jeremy Gouldey, Edgar Perez and Natalie Lynch have all received honors during the semester - congratulations to all!
  • Fall 2013 TGIF Projects Awarded

    The first round of sustainability projects through The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) have been awarded. All projects were proposed by students or student groups and have a staff or faculty sponsor. They will also be supported by a member of the TGIF Council and Loyola’s Office of Sustainability, Facilities Department and Student Development.
  • Loyola Purchasing Department Hosts Green Vendor Fair

    Loyola's Purchasing Department and Warehouse Direct, Loyola's office supply vendor, hosted a green vendor fair in December to showcase effective and sustainable products.
  • Thanksgiving Used Oil Collection

    If you deep fried your turkey, or just have a few containers of used cooking oil in your kitchen, drop off your used cooking oil at the Clean Energy Lab after Thanksgiving.
  • U.S. Energy and Climate Change: Science, Ethics, and Public Policies

    The School of Environmental Sustainability, Department of Theology, Office of the President, College of Arts & Sciences and Richard A. McCormic S.J., Chair present the U.S. Energy and Climate Change: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy Conference. There will be a keynote address by James Balog, director of Chasing Ice, on Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m. The conference will be November 15 from 9 a.m - 4:00 p.m. at the Mundelein Auditorium.
  • Professor profile

    Ozone expert brings science down to Earth for students

    Professor Ping Jing of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability recently received Loyola’s Excellence in Teaching Freshmen Award. Read more about the classes she teaches and what lessons she hopes to instill in her students.
  • Hope is the thing with feathers

    Despite several degrees and years of experience that indicate otherwise, Stephen Mitten, S.J., doesn’t think of himself strictly as a scientist. “I see myself more as a naturalist,” he says. “I’m an ambassador for the environment.” As spiritual director and resident ecology faculty at Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus, Fr. Mitten teaches several biology and conservation courses. But his real love is avian ecology.