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Institute of Environmental Sustainability

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The new Institute of Environmental Sustainability facility includes classrooms, faculty offices, research and teaching labs, a clean energy lab, an urban agricultural greenhouse, a green café. We will share common spaces with San Francisco Hall, a new residence hall that will house the green learning community – freshmen and sophomores who share classes and co-curricular activities and engage in Loyola’s initiatives to develop a more sustainable campus.

building A partial list of features includes:



Also on the Lakeshore Campus: two gardens that demonstrate some of the best small-scale urban agriculture techniques from Chicago and the world. This demonstration is intended to educate students, faculty, and staff of the University as well as the greater community. Currently, all food produced on the gardens are donated to charity, A Just Harvest.

IES at LUREC: The Institute also provides unique field education opportunities for students studying the environment at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus. With 98 acres of prairies, savannas, woodlands, wetlands, pond and a student-operated organic farm, LUREC provides a unique field education opportunity for studying agriculture, restoration, biodiversity, conservation and ecology. There are two ecology labs on the lower level at LUREC which are equipped with microscopes, dissecting equipment, a freezer and glassware along with AV equipment and a chemical hood.

The hoop house allows for earlier planting and later harvesting.
The native oak-hickory woodland provides a unique ecosystem.
Invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle are being removed to restore the wetland area.
The beginning of honey production at the farm.
Winter wheat is harvested and ground for bread making.


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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