Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Press Releases


Loyola University Chicago Receives P3 Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency

A team of students from Loyola University Chicago has been awarded a People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for developing a more natural way to reuse water from biodiesel production.


Loyola University Chicago Department of Fine and Performing Arts Presents Water of Life

Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts is proud to present Water of Life, a work that pairs student music ensembles with dance majors in a performance that celebrates the role of water in our lives and promotes the sustainable use of water resources.

Harvest Festival Returns at Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus

Loyola University Chicago’s Retreat and Ecology Campus presents its second annual Harvest Festival. The festival will celebrate this year’s harvest and provide Loyola students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the local Woodstock community with an opportunity to learn more about the Retreat and Ecology Campus. Event highlights include food prepared by the campus’s head chef, Scott Commings, campus tours, live music, fun activities, a farmers market, a rock climbing wall, and much more. The celebration is open to the public.

Loyola University Chicago Signs International, National, State, and Faith-Based Commitments to Sustainability

Loyola University Chicago continues its leadership on matters of sustainability by signing onto four new commitments. The commitments involve supporting a sustainable campus and student experience by becoming signatories to widely accepted sustainability “compacts.” These agreements outline the University’s pledge to work towards expanding a sustainability program, engaging the campus community, greening our operations, and monitoring our performance.

Loyola University Chicago and Northwestern University Partner in Biodiesel Enterprise and Outreach

Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy (CUERP) Biodiesel Program staff is pleased to announce an exciting addition to its biodiesel program and community outreach. As of this July, Loyola has partnered with Northwestern University to increase biodiesel production, education, and outreach on both campuses and beyond.

Loyola University Chicago Retreat and Ecology Campus Brings Summer Fun, Food, and Farming to Local Community

Foodies everywhere, make sure to check out the Loyola University Chicago Retreat and Ecology Campus this summer for a lineup of fun food-related events that will not only satisfy your hunger, but also educate you on the importance of locally grown and organic food.

Loyola University Chicago’s New, LEED-Gold Cuneo Hall Blends Tradition with Innovation

Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), a leader in sustainable design, announced the completion of Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Hall.

Loyola University Chicago Farmers Market Returns

The Loyola University Chicago Farmers Market kicks off its second season on June 11 at the corner of Sheridan and Albion in Rogers Park. The market, run by Loyola students, will feature 11 vendors providing fresh produce, local dairy, soap, and baked goods each week through October 15, 2012.

Loyola University Chicago to Ban Bottled Water Sales on Campus

Following a year-long educational campaign, “UnCap Loyola,” on March 28, 2012, a majority of students passed a referendum to phase out bottled water on Loyola University Chicago’s campuses. The campaign, led by the Student Environmental Alliance (SEA), in partnership with Loyola’s Unified Student Government Association (USGA), was focused on the growing concern on campus about local water privatization and fair access to water on a global level.

Loyola University Chicago Introduces New Director of Sustainability

Loyola University Chicago has appointed Aaron Durnbaugh as its new Director of Sustainability. Durnbaugh will be tasked with designing and implementing the sustainability plan for the University, including integrating sustainability into the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, and creating a conservation ethic on Loyola’s campus. Durnbaugh officially assumed his duties in February 2012.


Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Speaks at Loyola University Chicago

The Loyola University Chicago community is pleased to welcome Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to campus on Wednesday to deliver the lecture, “Green Gold Rush: A Vision for Energy Independence, Jobs, and National Wealth.” Following the lecture, Kennedy will sign copies of his books in the University’s Mundelein Auditorium.

Loyola University Chicago’s Retreat and Ecology Campus Debuts Harvest Festival 2011

Loyola University Chicago’s Retreat and Ecology Campus presents its first Harvest Festival. This fall festival will give individuals from the Loyola and local communities the opportunity to see and learn more about University’s campus in Woodstock. Event highlights include food prepared by the Retreat and Ecology Campus’s chef Scott Commings, campus tours, live music, pumpkin painting, bags and frisbee games, a beer and wine tent, a farmer’s market, and more! The celebration is open to neighbors, alumni, students, staff, and faculty.

Cuneo Mansion and Gardens Presents Friend of the Prairie Landscape

Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens will host a lecture by Barbara Geiger, professor of architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, regarding the life of famous architect and preservationist Jens Jensen. Jensen is known to many locally as the “Father of The Chicago Park System” due to his role in designing and helping to preserve some of Chicago’s finest parks, including Humboldt, Garfield, Douglas and Columbus Park.

Loyola’s BioSoap to be featured on QiVeev.com

Loyola University Chicago is excited to announce its Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy’s (CUERP) eco-friendly soap, BioSoap, will be featured on QiVeev on September 5 and 6. The new website, which supports environmentally friendly businesses by encouraging customers to go green, offers great online deals that make being eco-friendly easy and affordable.

City Farm Inks Deal with Loyola University Chicago to Purchase Biodiesel Fuel

Loyola University Chicago’s biodiesel program is pleased to announce its latest partner, Resource Center’s City Farm. The City Farm, a sustainable vegetable farm bordering the Cabrini Green and Gold Coast neighborhoods, has agreed to purchase biodiesel fuel from the University to power its delivery van.