The Institute of Environmental Sustainability strives to create solutions to the stress on our planet's natural resources, expanding knowledge in the service of humanity through teaching, conducting research, and sponsoring outreach activities on pressing environmental issues.
These issues include global climate change, the food production and distribution system, conserving and recovering biodiversity, restoring ecosystem function, identifying emerging environmental contaminants, and privatizing natural resources.
The Institute endeavors to develop a conservation ethic, increasing Loyola’s campus energy efficiency and transforming our consumption behaviors to conserve natural resources for the common good, for future generations, and for all forms of life on the planet.
At a Glance
Entrepreneurial Solutions-Based Learning
Our programs are uniquely designed to give students a rigorous science-based education enhanced with creative, practical experiences that prepare them for careers. Students study environmental problems and develop entrepreneurial solutions that are both fiscally and environmentally sustainable. For example, students are converting our dormitory cafeteria waste vegetable oil into biodiesel which they sell to our inter-campus shuttle bus company for a profit while reducing our carbon emissions. Students developed a farm, are growing organic food sustainably, and have developed a business plan with five revenue streams that the farm uses to fund its operational expenses. These student enterprises provide excellent practical experiences that translate directly to the workplace.
Programs Designed for Career Outcomes
Our academic programs align with federal and state agendas for addressing environmental security and sustainability. As such, they equip students with the education and experience needed to succeed in the workplace and advance a green economy. In addition, the structure of each of our programs has been informed by professionals in the business sector to increase our students' readiness for employment. Our 5-year dual-degree (bachelor's/master's) programs prepare students for careers in sustainable business, public health, and policy making.
Excellent Faculty Defining the Frontier
The Institute faculty are teacher-scholars who incorporate their research into their teaching and engage students directly in their research projects. Our faculty care for their students. They work closely with and help students define their passions and career paths. Faculty research topics at the Institute are critical to today's environmental concerns, and include the impacts of environmental toxins on aquatic life, impacts of invasive species on ecosystem structure and function, testing new sustainable agriculture techniques on crop production, conservation of biodiversity, restoration of wetland and wooded habitats, the effects of nitrogen pollution on microbial processing of nitrogen, and pollination research on crop production.