Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Green Stay at LUREC

Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus is a ‘deep green’ facility that combines the natural, social and spiritual elements of sustainability.

Our Campus seeks sustainability in these ways

  • Water—LUREC utilizes a well and septic system conserving water and returning it to the aquifer. Restoration of on-site wetlands improves the site and the larger watershed.
  • Energy—LUREC’s Energy Master Plan calls for the site to be ‘Net-Zero’ creating as much energy as it uses through energy efficiency and renewable energy including a geothermal heat pump and solar and wind power.
  • Landscape—The farm and ongoing ecological restoration connect visitors to the rural nature of McHenry County through service.
  • Transportation—Local transit options include the METRA station in Woodstock. Contact staff to arrange a shuttle pickup.
  • Food—Healthy, local food is produced on-site by student farmers and our gourmet chef. Organic farming practices protect that ecology of the site and the people eating the products.
  • Waste—Nearly 80% of all waste produced at LUREC is either recycled or composted. We are working towards zero-waste leaving the site by green cleaning and procurement practices.

Greening Your Stay

We encourage all visitors to join us in our endeavor to make the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) more sustainable. While with us, please try these simple tips to reduce your impact and deepen your experience.

  • Unplug—We encourage you to relax and ‘unplug’ from outside distractions and unneeded energy use. Please don’t plug in electronic devices (cell phones, laptops, etc..) unless they need to be. Just having a charger plugged in wastes energy.
  • Reuse towels and bedding-Please reuse your towel during your stay with us. This will reduce our laundry needs and waste water and energy.
  • Enjoy the climate—Thermostats should always be set between 68–72 in the winter and 72–75 in the summer. Please respect these settings. If you are uncomfortable, please contact us and we will attempt to assist you.
  • Reduce your materials—Please don’t bring non-recyclable or compostable materials to campus. One-use materials such as plastic water bottles, containers or bags are not welcome. If you need to borrow a reusable container or bottle please contact us and we will try to accommodate you.
  • Participate in sustainability at LUREC-Stick your hands in the farm’s soil, break a sweat on the ropes course, explore your personal connection to nature.