Loyola University Chicago

Residence Life



Volunteering at the Gale Elementary School greenhouse

GreenHouse is home to students who are passionate about the relationship between people and nature. Students explore ways in which we can all use fewer natural resources and learn how to become agents of change for a more sustainable society. Members of the Green LC engage in Loyola’s initiatives to develop a more sustainable campus, explore ways that the City of Chicago is making strides toward a more sustainable city, and experience much of the nature Chicago has to offer, such as the beautiful lake front, forest preserves, and countless farmers’ markets.

GreenHouse is located in San Francisco Hall, a new Gold LEED Certified hall that opened in 2013. The building features a green house, clean energy laboratory, and a "green" cafe.

Activities and Programs

The community shares a vibrant relationship with Loyola's Institute of Environmental Sustainability and connects with others across campus and in the community. Students have opportunities to get involved in many of the Institute's programs and initiatives such as the Biodiesel Production Lab, Loyola Retreat and Ecology Campus, energy and waste reduction campaigns, and recycling. These are just a few engaging activities students participate in that raise awareness in the Loyola community—truly a GreenHouse community of growing sustainability.

Curricular Requirements

In fall 2016, students in the GreenHouse Learning Community will take a section of UNIV 101 with their advisor Ms Veronica Wilson, and each student will choose one of three core courses.

UNIV 101  First Year Seminar – Section 16   Class  2729  
Monday 2:45-3:35   OR

UNIV 101  First Year Seminar – Section 40   Class 3041  
Tuesday 2:30-3:20    OR

UNIV 101  First Year Seminar – Section 85    Class 2795 
Thursday 2:30-3:20


THEO 186  Introduction to Religious Ethics OR

UCWR 110 Writing Responsibly – Section 47 OR

UCWR 110 Writing Responsibly – Section 50     


THEO 186 explores fundamental moral sources and methods in Christian ethics in dialogue with the ethical understandings of at least one other religious tradition.  As religion is a powerful shaper of ideas and human action, we will examine some of the resources that different religious traditions of the world offer for promoting ecological responsibility, by seeing how they describe nature, how they evaluate nonhuman nature’s relationship to humanity, how they define “community” to include or exclude the nonhuman world, and how they relate or do not relate the “sacred” to the natural world.  Core Ethics.  Dr. William French, MWF 10:25-11:15, Sect 1, Class 4380.

UCWR 110 instructs students in the conventions of academic writing. Students will develop flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing their writing and will receive instruction in how to write clear, error free prose. Students will learn responsibility to their readers, to their sources, and to themselves as writers.  This class will include writing about environmental issues for a broad public.  Core Writing Seminar.  Both sections of this course for the GLC are taught by Mr. Michael Meinhardt: TuTh 10:00-11:15, Section 47 Class 2265 and TuTh 11:30-12:45, Section 50 Class 2337


Avoid taking Phil 130 “Philosophy and Persons” as this is likely to be a spring semester GLC class.