Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Waste Week

Recyclemania and WasteWeek 2017

February 5 through April 1, 2017

During RecycleMania --a two month recycling competition among U.S. universities--Loyola will be celebrating WasteWeek.  The idea is to help everyone on campus think about the waste we generate and what we can do to reduce it.  Our goal? To continue increasing our recycling rate each year. In 2015, Loyola's Lake Shore Campus exceeded a 50% recycling rate for the first time! We aim to build on this momentum and continue increasing our recycling rate each year.



Recyclemania is a competition for colleges and universities to reduce waste.  Loyola competes with other schools across the nation to reduce waste and recycle. Put Loyola on top by properly disposing of your recyclables into the nearest recycling bin.  Pitch in and become a RecycleManiac!


Zero Waste Game vs. Indiana State

February 15 @ 7 p.m. Gentile Arena
Join us for a game against Indiana State where all waste will be recycled or composted. There will be special events and give-aways during the game. Partnership with United Student Government Association and Loyola Athletics.

Get your tickets, here.

Food Waste Frenzy

February 20 @ 6 p.m. Regis MPR.

A zero-waste evening of catered food, thought-provoking clips on food waste and food justice, and discussion. Join us and put your newfound knowledge to use as we close out the event with an interactive food run and waste diversion activity! RSVP required.

Minimalism: A Documentary About Important Things

February 21 @ 7 p.m. Damen Cinema, Damen Student Center.

Join us for this pre-screening of Minimalism: A Documentary of Important Things as part of the One Earth Film Festival. This film examines the flavors of minimalism by introducing the audience to those striving to live a meaningful life with less. Post-film discussion with Dr. Daniel S. Amick, Associate Dean of Faculty, Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University. Hear from Steve Ediger about living in an intentional community, and others who embody the principles of simplicity, improved community, and repurposing/reducing the downstream effects of high levels of consumerism. Light refreshments will be served. Older children and teens welcome.


See the trailer, here. Tickets are free.

Too Good to Waste: Compost Bucket Training

February 22 @ 4 p.m. IES 116.

Want to compost at Loyola? Attend this training to learn how to participate and begin diverting your food scraps.

David Orr Lecture

February 22 @ 7 p.m. Schreiber Center, Room 1001.


Co-presented with Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz Architects, Loyola is excited to host one of the pre-eminent scholars on sustainability and the role of higher education in making a more sustainable future. Dr. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Special Assistant to the President of Oberlin College. Space is very limited so you must RSVP to attend.

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Living Off Campus and Living Sustainably - Waste

February 24 @ 4:30 p.m. IES 123

Join LOCALS for Sustainable Apartment Gardening! Come learn about how you can make those herbs thrive with proper care and some compost. You’ll even get to plant some seeds and take them home with you! Refreshments provided.