Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Solutions To Environmental Problems


Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) courses bring together students, faculty, staff, and community mentors to engage in interdisciplinary discussion and action around issues of environmental sustainability. Our approach emphasizes the following steps:

  • Educate students from diverse backgrounds on the nature and causes of environmental problems
  • Expose students to potential solutions
  • Put solutions into action locally

Our courses explore the ecological, historical, social, political, and economic contexts of global environmental problems. Our courses prepare students to become environmental leaders in their field of study through multi-disciplinary lectures, labs and field trips, readings and discussion, and group projects.

The STEP courses are designed to move from topic to topic based on student input. Since fall of 2007, CUERP has offered three iterations of the STEP course: Biodiesel, Food Systems and Water.