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Loyola's Commitments & Recognitions

Sustainable Progress

Sustainability isn't just something we teach. It's a living, dynamic, integral part of our Jesuit mission. And we're doing it pretty well, making great strides toward our goal of carbon neutrality on all campuses by 2025. 

  • Gold STARS ratingThe Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS is a program of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 
  • Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Designation (2019) 
  • NACDA Sustainability Award (2018-19) 
  • Climate Leadership Award, US Green Building Council and Second Nature (2017) 
  • Climate Leader, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and Solution Generation (2017) 
  • Sierra Club Green School (4th in 2014; 7th in 2016, 16th in 2017) 
  • Princeton Review's Green Colleges (2010-2022) 
  • Global Electronics Council EPEAT Purchaser Award (2015-2022)

Metrics & Audits

Greenhouse Gas Inventories

Loyola tracks our GHG as a part of the Climate Commitment, a program of Second Nature. In December 2012, Loyola completed Greenhouse Gas Inventories for 2008 and 2011 (Fiscal Year), and has updated inventories each year since. Loyola is committed to reducing its carbon footprint to address climate change, one of the most important issues of our time. Contact us for full copies of the Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Narrative reports.

 

Transportation Metrics

In February 2012, we surveyed Loyola faculty and staff on alternative transportation with the MPC Commuter Options Survey administered by the Metropolitan Planning Council. They found that 64% of LSC employees live within a five-mile radius of that campus, and nearly 60% use an alternative to driving alone when commuting to work. A 2013 Loyola Commuter Survey of faculty and staff was conducted by MPC, showing a 6.2% reduction in single-occupancy vehicle driving as the primary commuting mode.

 

 

In May and June of 2012, the Office of Sustainability distributed a survey through the Pulse Survey on the broader topics of sustainability to help assess knowledge and understanding at Loyola. The environmental focus areas addressed in this survey include energy, waste, water, transportation, food, biodiversity and climate change. Survey results will help inform the strategic planning process in the Fall of 2012 through Spring 2013. The Pulse Summary and the Pulse Full Report are available.

Waste Diversion, Compost and Recycling

The following graph displays the total rate of recycling on the Water Tower and Lake Shore Campuses combined. In the past 5 years, we have achieved a consistent improvement in the percentage of our waste stream that is diverted from the landfill.  See the detailed charts (Recycling Results Poster) tracking waste diversion since our recycling program started in 2008.

Local and Sustainable Food Procurement

The Chicagoland Network for Sustainability in Higher Education produced the 2013 Local and Sustainable Food Report, defining and documenting local and sustainable food.

The percentage of food that Aramark purchases campus wide that is considered local is over 38–30.5%. This number is made up of 9.8% of locally grown/raised foods, 12.1% of locally produced and 8.6% locally processed foods. Their goal is to increase the totals by 5% per year. In 2013, Aramark opened Engrained Café in the School of Environmental Sustainability, a sustainable café on campus. Since September 2013, the café has purchased over 80% local produce, 100% of local fish, eggs, cheese, chicken, and pork, 100% locally processed baked goods, and coffee service.

Sustainability Commitments

Sustainability at Loyola is driven by our Jesuit tradition of social justice, our service to humanity, and our role as an institution of higher education. It is embodied in an educational experience for our students and activities that seek to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We are committed to an inclusive process considering social, economic and environmental impacts, exemplified in a transformative education for our students. 

Climate Action Plan 2025

 At Loyola, addressing climate change is driven by our Jesuit tradition of social justice. Please learn more about our plans to lessen our impact through raising awareness, education, thoughtful action, and reflection. We are committed to making Loyola University carbon neutral for directly controlled emissions by 2025 through Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment program.

Climate Action Plan

Climate Action at Loyola

Loyola's Strategic Plan: Care for Our World

One of the six Enduring Values in Loyola's Strategic Plan is Care for our World. Learn more about the university's committment to addressing the interconnected issues of social, health, economic, and environmental justice. 

Laudato si’ 7 year challenge

The call to address climate change and sustainability is a moral imperative in the face of the environmental catastrophe that impacts everyone but also disproportionately affects the poorest inhabitants of the world. This imperative drives Loyola University Chicago’s strategic direction. Work has intensified in recent years in the era of Laudato Si, the 2015 encyclical letter from Pope Francis on the care of the earth, our common home. In November 2021, Loyola signed a commitment to the Vatican’s Seven-Year Journey to Integral Ecology. The Journey is an exciting global collaboration that puts the principles of Laudato Si’ into action and calls us to answer the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth with bold, coordinated, and measurable action. Learn more about our commitment message and the Laudato Si.

Other University Commitments

Loyola University Chicago confirmed our commitment to a sustainable campus and student experience by signing the following widely-accepted sustainability "compacts." These agreements outline our pledge to expanding our sustainability program, engage the campus community, green our operations and monitor our performance. We affirmed our leadership at the international, national, state and faith-based fronts by signing all four commitments.

America Is All In

Loyola joined America Is All In with hundreds of other businesses, communities, and institutions tackling climate change and encouraging our federal leaders to do the same. Learn more about Loyola's participation by reading this case study

 

American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)

American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) affirms that Loyola is aware of its role regarding climate change and commits us to initiate a plan to:

  1. Create a sustainability structure, conduct an emissions inventory and develop a plan to become climate neutral,
  2. Establish policies that reduce our carbon footprint, and
  3. Make this information public through the ACUPCC Reporting System.

These are all actions that are in place or will be implemented as part of the sustainability planning process. Over 674 colleges and universities have signed on to this commitment to date. For more information, see ACUPCC.

City of Chicago Renewable Energy Challenge

Loyola University Chicago was a founding member of the Chicago Renewable Energy Challenge, which seeks to accelerate installation of renewable energy in commercial and institutional properties. 

US EPA Better Buildings Challenge

Learn more about Loyola's committment to improve the energy effieciency in our portfolio of buildings here

The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change’s St. Francis Pledge (CCCC)

The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change’s St. Francis Pledge (CCCC) pledge affirms that Loyola will:

  • PRAY and reflect on the duty to care for God’s Creation and protect the poor and vulnerable;
  • LEARN about and educate others on the causes and moral dimensions of climate change;
  • ASSESS how we, as an institution, contribute to climate change by our own energy use, consumption and waste;
  • ACT to change our choices and behaviors to reduce the ways we contribute to climate change; and
  • ADVOCATE for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions, especially as they impact those who are poor and vulnerable.

The Talloires Declaration

The Talloires Declaration affirms that Loyola is committed to sustainability of our planet through global environmental literacy and sustainable development. This declaration has been signed by 437 universities from over 50 countries.

Sustainability Policies

Several policies guide Loyola's institutional sustainability across departments and campuses. Below are a few examples of current policies in place:  

Land Acknowledgement

On the 150th anniversary of the University, Loyola officially adopted a Land Acknowledgement Statement to “deepen awareness of our connection to history and our current understanding of our place, roles, and responsibilities given that history.

Investment Policy

Loyola University Chicago’s Sustainable Investment Policy was approved by the Board of Trustees and Loyola senior leadership, furthering the University’s commitment to sustainability and addressing the ongoing global climate crisis. The strategy framework outlines plans to divest from companies that derive a majority of their revenue from fossil fuels and are not transitioning to clean energy sources. Additionally, the framework establishes a strategy of proactively seeking investments in companies working to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change and calls for integration of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations into Loyola’s investment mandates. Read more about our commitment and policy.

Financial Services Policies

Travel & Business Expense Policy – All faculty and staff at Loyola University Chicago are highly encouraged to use Egencia to book University travel due to the enhanced benefits, customer support, and overall travel assistance provided. LUC covers the cost of coach or economy class tickets for all domestic flights.  Unless it is impossible to do so, advanced-purchase-discount tickets should be purchased. In each case, every effort must be made to obtain the lowest economy fare possible.

The potential benefits of the trip justify its time and expense after considering more cost effective alternatives (such as teleconferencing).

LUC participates in a national car rental agreement through the Educational and Institutional Cooperative (E&I).  The providers participating in this agreement are Enterprise and National Car Rental. A single corporate code can be accessed with a valid Loyola ID at the Purchasing Rental Cars page.

Additional details including sustainability resources on travel may be found here.

 

Purchasing Policy – Loyola University Chicago is committed and continually strengthens its sustainability efforts with our campus partners. Buyers and users should utilize suppliers and service providers that make use of, to practicable extent, materials and services that support the University’s sustainability mission. This should include efforts to conserve energy and water resources, support efficient delivery and supplier programs and reduce waste through reducing, reusing and recycling. The Purchasing Department leverages current supplier relationships to raise awareness of the need to reduce our environmental impact and maximize resource efficiency. Learn more about vendor sustainability programs here

There are also specific guidance around Small Business Utilization, Diverse and Minority Owned Businesses, and Restricted Items including Energy Drinks and Bottled Water. Please contact Department of Procurement for any specific requests.

Human Resources Policies

Flexible Work Schedule

Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action & Non-Discrimination

Recruitment & Employment - "If the open position is identified, by the Campus Human Resource Office, as underutilized in the University's Affirmative Action Plan, additional recruitment efforts designed to attract qualified minorities may be employed. Search firms will be monitored by the campus Human Resource office and search committees will attempt to include a professional Human Resource representative as a member and/or resource to the committee."

Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus Policy - Loyola became a smoke-free, tobacco-free, and vape-free university August 1, 2021.

Campus Safety Policies

Campus Transportation Policies

Learn more about Campus Transportation policies here.

Information Technology Services (ITS) Policies

Purchasing Policy - Whenever possible, Loyola purchases only Energy Star certified equipment and makes every attempt to choose EPEAT silver or gold-certified desktops, laptops, printers and monitors. ITS encourages all Loyola students, staff and faculty to consider sustainable information technology equipment.

Digital Media Services – As a critical connection for students with ITS, Digital Media Services has committed to a number of sustainability policies.

Facilities Policies

Temperature Set Policy – The Loyola Facilities Department follows a HVAC temperature-set policy to maximize energy conservation and demonstrate clear expectations for energy performance. This supports innovative space optimization, building automation, and work-order management practices to steward the physical resources of the University in a sustainable and responsible manner.

LEED Silver+ New Construction – All Loyola buildings will meet USGBC Leed Silver certification or better PLUS a priority on all energy-related credits. For a full list of certified buildings.

Indoor Air Quality – Loyola University Chicago is committed to providing students, faculty, and staff, with a work environment free of recognized hazards. Reports of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) are investigated by Facilities Management on a case-by-case basis. Departments within Facilities Management work together to address indoor air quality concerns across the campus. The university's building automation system monitors buildings' HVAC systems to ensure general comfort levels as well as adequate fresh air exchanges per City of Chicago ventilation code requirements.

Clean Energy – Loyola sources all electricity from non-fossil sources and retires Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to meet the goals of the University’s Climate Action Plan.

Sustainable Progress

Sustainability isn't just something we teach. It's a living, dynamic, integral part of our Jesuit mission. And we're doing it pretty well, making great strides toward our goal of carbon neutrality on all campuses by 2025. 

  • Gold STARS ratingThe Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS is a program of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 
  • Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Designation (2019) 
  • NACDA Sustainability Award (2018-19) 
  • Climate Leadership Award, US Green Building Council and Second Nature (2017) 
  • Climate Leader, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and Solution Generation (2017) 
  • Sierra Club Green School (4th in 2014; 7th in 2016, 16th in 2017) 
  • Princeton Review's Green Colleges (2010-2022) 
  • Global Electronics Council EPEAT Purchaser Award (2015-2022)

Metrics & Audits

Sustainability Commitments

Sustainability at Loyola is driven by our Jesuit tradition of social justice, our service to humanity, and our role as an institution of higher education. It is embodied in an educational experience for our students and activities that seek to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We are committed to an inclusive process considering social, economic and environmental impacts, exemplified in a transformative education for our students. 

Sustainability Policies

Several policies guide Loyola's institutional sustainability across departments and campuses. Below are a few examples of current policies in place: