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Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Student Action

Many opportunities at Loyola are available for students to take action.  Getting involved through active participation can be individually or collaborating with your peers. Visit the calendar often to see what events and opportunities exist to learn about and get involved in sustainability at Loyola.

Check out Small Event Sustainability Checklist for tips on how to make your student gatherings and events greener!

Start living sustainably on Loyola's campus now using our Guide to Living Green on Campus! 

Created by students living on campus, the Living Guide shares basic steps to reduce energy, share resources and other tips to save money and resources.

Joining other students on campus to explore issues results in new experiences that will make your time at Loyola all the more impactful.

Meet your peers and engage other students to promote change on campus, locally and globally.  Click Student Organizations for a complete listing.

Below you will find several student groups at Loyola that have an environmental focus. 

Bike Club: The Loyola Bike Club is an advocacy group that encourages all people to get on a bike and ride. The club does this by providing resources such as a full workshop and a free Borrow-A-Bike program. Frequent rides and social gatherings with a diversity of riders is what makes the Bike Club one of the friendliest and most active clubs on campus. Organization E-mail: lucbikeclub@gmail.com

ChainLinks: An on-campus student-run bike rental business launched by students in the Bike Club supports the local bike culture.  So save some time and grab a bike to get around town.

Biodiesel Club: Biodiesel Club is open to any student interested in learning about, making, and teaching people about this alternative fuel produced in the Loyola Biodiesel Lab. Biodiesel, an alternative to petrol-diesel, is made on campus in a student-developed lab by converting waste vegetable oil into a viable road fuel. Organization E-mail: loyolabiodiesel@gmail.com

Growers Guild: Our student group hopes to promote sustainability initiatives on campus by introducing the community to urban agriculture and permaculture techniques. By creating garden spaces and edible landscapes, we want to encourage students and community members to partake in the maintenance of these plots and provide them with hands-on learning opportunities. Organization E-mail: growersguild1@gmail.com

Net Impact: Loyola Net Impact is an organization of graduate students that attend Loyola and represent a variety of business sectors.  Members are committed to practicing and promoting the principles of social responsibility throughout the local community and beyond.

SOAR: Student Operation for Avian Relief: Students have the opportunity to protect migratory birds traveling along the Lake Michigan shoreline on the Mississippi River flyaway. Loyola students work with facilities managers to make buildings “bird-safe” during migratory season by closing blinds and turning out lights to prevent birds from flying into windows and by rescuing injured birds for rehabilitation.

Student Environmental Alliance: The Student Environmental Alliance is a campus organization dedicated to protecting and sustaining our environment. We accomplish our purpose through education and action. We strive to educate ourselves and the Loyola community about the existing instability of our world. Through action, we take this new awareness and translate it into tangible actions to stop environmental destruction and create solutions for a better future. Recipients of the prestigious Damen Award in 2011-2012, 2008-2009 and 2007-2008. Coordinated the UnCap Campaign, a campaign which resulted in the successful ban of selling bottled water on campus. Organization E-mail: sea.loyola@gmail.com

Students in Free Enterprise: SIFE is worldwide organization found on over 1,400 college and university campuses world-wide. It fosters skills learned in the classroom and allows for students to work together to complete projects to benefit the community. Loyola SIFE competes with teams from across the nation to develop and implement projects which allow our skills in the business world to be coupled with a desire to help those around us. Organization E-mail: loyolasife@gmail.com

Unified Student Government Association: Committed to voice the concerns of the student body, to act as an instrument for the cooperation of students, faculty and administration, to provide an open forum for dialogue and a voice for student opinions concerning the traditions, ideas, and affairs of the University.  The Student Government Association strives to afford all undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in the management of their own affairs. Email: usga@luc.edu

Vegetarian and Vegan Society: The Loyola Vegetarian and Vegan Society and USGA Dining Committee are working together with the Dining Services of Loyola to help further promote a healthy diet, including a vegetarian and/or vegan diet. Organization E-mail: vegsociety@luc.edu

Environmental Law Society: The Environmental Law Society is committed to improving student awareness and education in the field of environmental affairs from ethical, legal, scientific, economic, policy and sociological perspectives. The ELS seeks to promote the improvement of ecological integrity through regular meetings, speaker series, legislative monitoring, and other means that may arise.

Sustainability Projects

To make your organization's project a success, it is sometimes necessary to get additional support, whether that means ideas or financial resources. Communicate with the Office of Sustainability about things you would like to do, and we will try to match you with other students and student organizations with whom you can partner.

For small projects, look to members of our community for support.  Area businesses are often able to support small events and initiatives.

For larger initiatives work with the Office of Research Services and the Office of Advancement, or contact the Office of Sustainability directly to discuss your project.


Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660 · Phone: 773-508-2130 · IES@luc.edu

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