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Institute of Environmental Sustainability

LUREC Campus

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.

Exploring nature and service is unforgettable; adding the element of faith is transformative.  


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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