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Loyola University Chicago Introduces New Director of Sustainability
Former City of Chicago Deputy Commissioner of Environment Takes on Loyola’s Campus
CHICAGO, March 20, 2012 – 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.
Durnbaugh arrives in his new role having most recently served as the Deputy Commissioner of Environment for the City of Chicago, where he led the Natural Resources and Water Quality Division, and oversaw policy and programs protecting natural resources and maintaining water quality citywide. Specific programs included Greencorps Chicago, the city’s community gardening program, the Chicago Conservation Corps, the city’s environmental volunteer program that works in schools and with community leaders to spark conservation action locally, and the Chicago Center for Green Technology, to name a few.
A native of Elgin, Illinois, Durnbaugh is acquainted with the land and resources of the greater Chicagoland area. Durnbaugh earned a bachelor’s of science in environmental studies and biology at Manchester College in Northern Indiana, and eventually pursued a master’s degree in geography from Northeastern Illinois University. Currently serving as the vice-chair for Chicago Wilderness and a member of the Vibrant Cities and Urban Forests Task Force, Durnbaugh has worked for the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance and the Northern Ireland Children’s Holiday Scheme, a charitable organization that facilities friendship and reconciliation between Protestant and Catholic youth in Belfast.
Durnbaugh’s mission is to work as a community, and make Loyola the greenest University in the Chicagoland area through measurable and transparent projects, which save resources and money for our students while improving the overall academic experience.
“As a first step, I want it [the University’s sustainability plan] to be a process everybody has a voice in, so we can create solutions together. I hope everyone feels like they have influence in what those changes can be. Ultimately, that’s what sustainability is–a very transparent and open process that includes all the stakeholders and their long-term goals,” said Durnbaugh. “There is strong support from President Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., and University leadership, as well as lots of great work underway by staff, faculty, local community members, and student-led groups.”
To learn more about Loyola’s continued sustainability efforts, please visit LUC.edu/sustainability.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university, with more than 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as a presence in Beijing and an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The University’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, continuing and professional studies, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, and social work. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.