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Loyola University Chicago Opens New Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Date

11/04/2013
Loyola University Chicago's new Institute of Environmental Sustainability, the first-of-its-kind in the Midwest, officially opened on September 6, 2013. The Institute merges four important units on campus-the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy, Office of Sustainability, Department of Environmental Sciences, and academic programming at the University's Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois-and is the culmination of Loyola's 10-year commitment to sustainability.

“We are delighted to open this Institute, which is designed to collaboratively address today's ecological challenges-challenges which disproportionately affect the lives of the poor and marginalized in our world,” said Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president and CEO of Loyola.

The Institute is headquartered in a new, state-of-the-art facility on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus that includes clean energy and biodiesel production labs, a green house, two aquaponics systems, an ecodome, classrooms, a 412-bedroom residence hall, and is one of the greenest facilities in Chicagoland. Designed by architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), the Institute's new home boasts a number of cutting-edge sustainable features, including the largest geothermal heating and cooling installation in Chicago, rainwater harvesting, and high-efficiency heat-recovery technology.

In addition to academic programs for both undergraduate and graduate students, the Institute will sponsor an array of campus programs focused on sustainability, including a student farm, urban agriculture and aquaponics, ecological restoration, and the University's well established biodiesel program.

The Institute's director is Nancy Tuchman, PhD, a long-time Loyola administrator and professor of biology. “As director I am committed to developing a strategic plan that positions the Institute in a way that allows us to directly respond to global environmental issues and train and educate students in areas that make them marketable,” said Tuchman. “The University has made a substantial investment in these new facilities and it demonstrates the enormous level of commitment that Loyola has to address our critical environmental issues.”

For more information on the Loyola University Chicago Institute of Environmental Sustainability, visit LUC.edu/sustainability.
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