MEMBER SPOTLIGHT ON
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), and the Illinois Green Alliance announced on March 4 the three nominees from the 2019 Illinois Green Ribbon School program. The program recognizes schools taking a comprehensive approach to sustainability, incorporating initiatives that save energy, reduce costs, protect student and staff health and wellness, and offer environmental education.
“The Illinois Green Alliance is thrilled to continue our partnership with ISBE and IBHE to recognize these three nominees for their outstanding efforts to create sustainable and healthy learning spaces for students. It is inspiring to see the unique efforts these schools are taking to reduce their environmental impact and empower the next generation of sustainable leaders,” said Liz Wimmer, Program Manager of the Illinois Green Alliance.
Loyola University Chicago
is committed to addressing climate change and sustainability as key aspects of their mission of social justice. Announced around the release of Laudato si’, Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Ecology, Loyola released ‘
A Just Future’
, a climate action plan with a carbon neutrality goal of 2025. The University addresses climate through three main strategies; campus, curriculum, and community engagement. Loyola’s commitment to sustainability has led to ambitious accomplishments over the last decade, including, 11 high-performing, LEED-certified buildings, an exemplary sustainable landscape at the Lake Shore Campus, and more green roofs than any university in the Midwest.
The Illinois Recycling Association is proud to have Loyola University Chicago / Aaron Durnbaugh as a member and William Curtin, Retired Director of Environmental Services, currently serving on the IRA Board of Directors.