Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Water Conservation

 Loyola is located along the shores of a national treasure, Lake Michigan. And the University recognizes that, with such close proximity, the potential to undervalue the Lake's gifts—fresh drinking water, recreational amenities and more—can exist.

Therefore, from faculty to administration, staff, and students, Loyola is the leading university in Chicago on aquatic research, takes a stand on fair access to drinking water, and conserves the precious resource that is also known as "blue gold".

Storm Water Management

Loyola's landscaping is designed to support sustainable storm water management practices, keeping millions of gallons from the sewer system and reducing community flooding. Read more...

Solutions To Environmental Problems: Water Course

Students can take the STEP Water course to study issues regarding water conservation, and initiate and lead campus projects pertaining to these topics. Read more...

Student-Driven Bottled Water Ban

Loyola students voted to ban the sale of bottled water on campus, viewing access to water as a fundamental human right. Read more...

Green Laboratories

Some of the most resource intensive activities on a college campus are those connected with our laboratories. Read more...

Aquatic Ecology Research

Faculty and students conduct collaborative research on aquatic ecology and regional water issues. Read more...

Native Landscaping

Native landscaping is used on Loyola's grounds for a variety of environmental benefits. Read more...

Green Rooftops

Loyola has more green roofs than any other college in the midwest. Read more...

Garden Design Competition

A workshop competition was held in 2015 for students and professional landscape architects and designers to create a garden design for the east lawn of Burrowes Hall. Read more...

Green Cleaning

Cleaning products used on campus meet certain green standards. Read more...

Smart Irrigation

Loyola implements water-smart landscaping and a "Smart Irrigation System" to conserve water. Read more...

Gentle Pavement De-Icing

Facilities Management at Loyola uses some sugar beet-based anti-icing granules to protect the watershed and Lake Michigan. Read more...