AT LAKESHORE CAMPUS
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.
A partial list of features includes:
- Largest geothermal complex in Chicago, 90 geothermal wells, 500 feet deep, providing over 700 tons of cooling energy
- Rainwater collections and reuse for greenhouse irrigation
- Natural ventilation systems
- Three-story high vertical farming element
- Aquaponics system showcase
- 3,100 square foot EcoDome greenhouse
- Sustainable food systems and urban agriculture research projects and production labs
- State-of-the-art laboratory spaces for anthropology, environmental science, ecotoxicology
- A clean energy lab that will allow the biodiesel program to increase fuel production by up to 100,000 gallons per year
- Green café: featuring seasonal, local, and organic produce
- 130,000 sq. ft. dorm for freshman and sophomores
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.
- Rosemarie Rochetta Wessies Rooftop Garden, a demonstration and exploration of three-season (spring, summer, fall) growing seasons a variety of seasonal herbs, produce and flowers. This site allows students to learn about rooftop food production in conditions that differ from on-the-ground growing conditions and, of particular importance, the ability to grow food in urban conditions when ground-level space is not possible.
- Winthrop Garden, a small orchard planted by the student group Growers Guild and twenty raised beds with an array of vegetables and herbs. This garden utilizes low tunnel season extension strategies that allow the cultivation of crops beyond their traditional growing season. Three-bin and single-bin compost systems to provide necessary nutrients for both gardens.
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.