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Director of Communication
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Chicago Signs International, National, State, and Faith-Based Commitments to Sustainability
CHICAGO, September 4, 2012 – 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.
Each of the four commitments is described below:
Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact (ICSC) – This state pledge has the goal of encouraging colleges and universities within Illinois to incorporate sustainability into their campus operations, academic and research programs, student activities, and community outreach. Loyola has signed on at the Gold level, which requires integrating sustainability throughout the campus and working towards measured improvement.
The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change’s St. Francis Pledge (CCCC) – This pledge affirms that Loyola will: pray and reflect on the duty to care for God’s Creation and protect the poor and vulnerable; learn about and educate others on the causes and moral dimensions of climate change; assess how we, as an institution, contribute to climate change by our own energy use, consumption, and waste; act to change our choices and behaviors to reduce the ways we contribute to climate change; and advocate for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions, especially as they impact those who are poor and vulnerable.
American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) – This national commitment affirms that Loyola, active in its role regarding climate change, commits to initiate a plan to create a sustainability structure, conduct an emissions inventory, develop a plan to become climate neutral, establish policies that reduce our carbon footprint, and make this information public through the ACUPCC Reporting System.
The Talloires Declaration – This international declaration affirms that Loyola is committed to sustainability of our planet through global environmental literacy and sustainable development. This declaration has been signed on to by 437 universities from over 50 countries.
By signing all four commitments, Loyola is affirming our sustainability leadership at the international, national, state, and faith-based fronts.
This fall, Loyola is developing a sustainability plan to be published in early 2013. Loyola is seeking input and participation from stakeholders and neighbors on where sustainable actions are already underway and where we need to focus our efforts. During this time, an online survey and more than 30 events are taking place on Lake Shore, Water Tower, and the Health Sciences campuses to collect ideas and develop the plan. Visit LUC.edu/sustainability to learn more and help advance sustainability across the campus, curriculum, and community of Loyola University Chicago.
About the Office of Sustainability
The mission of the Office of Sustainability is to support Loyola University Chicago in its goal to be the most sustainable Jesuit university. Our goal encompasses the campus, curriculum, and culture of Loyola. We seek to be a carbon-neutral institution which engages all stakeholders in the process of sustainable decision-making considering the social, economic, and environmental impacts through a transformative educational experience. Our Jesuit tradition leads us to seek social justice and care for creation through local action that creates a global impact. Social enterprises such as the biodiesel program, ChainLinks, or the Retreat and Ecology Campus farm create learning opportunities while improving the environment and local communities in sound financial structures. Our location in northeastern Illinois, on the shores of Lake Michigan, allows us to understand through research and coursework, the value of our natural resources and the impacts that unsustainable development have caused. Our urban setting in Chicago connects us to our local communities and gives us opportunities for energy-efficient buildings, sustainable transportation options, and local engagement.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, 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 course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. 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.