Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Searle Biodiesel Lab

About the Lab

The Searle Biodiesel Lab is the home of the Loyola Biodiesel Program within the Institute of Environmental Sustainability. This space allows undergraduate students to run our biodiesel enterprise, conduct research, and provide education support for any seeking information on clean energy projects (at Loyola or beyond). 

We credit the the Loyola Facilities team with helping to design, construct, and maintain this amazing space. The Searle Biodiesel Lab at 6349 North Kenmore was built in 2013 to accommodate our growing operations in the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and officially named in October 2014.

The lab serves as an interactive learning environment where students learn the processes involved in making biodiesel, zero-waste production techniques, and converting by-products into usable/sell-able products. The space is home to our 5th generation biodiesel processor, methanol recovery system, soap production equipment, and laboratory space for research and quality testing.

Certified Green Business

The Searle Biodiesel Lab is a certified green business with the Illinois Green Business Association!

"IGBA offers a green business certification program to recognize businesses that go beyond environmental compliance. A green business is an environmental leader within the community that encourages environmentally efficient operations and sustainable practices in the workplace. These businesses seek to identify opportunities that increase economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Sustainability is not achieved in one fell swoop but in many small steps."

The certification process tracks and challenges us to improve our environmental impact in nine areas:

  • Energy Conservation
  • Water Conservation
  • Waste Reduction and Recycling
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Transportation
  • Landscape
  • General Employee Practices
  • Purchasing
  • Community Development

We are committed to operating our student-run enterprise in the most environmentally conscious way possible. We balance our triple bottom line: finance, environment, and community. From the products that we sell and where we source our materials all the way to how our students get to work, we have worked with the IGBA to implement industry best practices.

Ongoing Projects