Throughout Loyola University, faculty are engaged in research projects to address urban environmental problems. With Institute of Environmental Sustainability's presence, faculty can now collaborate and develop rich opportunities to advance society’s understanding of their connection to the environment under one guise. The faculty span over 20 disciplines and has state-of-the art research labs, including an aquatic simulation facility.
IES research currently focuses on three critical facets of the interactions between humans and their environment:
- Analysis of historical urban land use and population growth patterns and their relationship to urban environmental quality
- The measurement of the impact of environmental change on the physical, natural and biological web that forms the ecosystem of the region
- Assessment of the economic and political viability of alternative policies to improve environmental quality and insure a more equitable distribution of environmental well-being.
A multidisciplinary research team of Loyola faculty with expertise in issues concerning the urban environment demonstrates IES's direction in the research, teaching and training and outreach in which students and faculty will become involved in to promote the mission of both the university and IES.