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Loyola University Chicago’s BioSoap Recognized by the EPA’s Design for the Environment Program
BioSoap Pilot Program Kicks Off With “BioSoap BYOB”
CHICAGO, April 21, 2014 – Loyola University Chicago’s BioSoap has been recognized for safer chemistry by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design for the Environment (DfE) program. The new partnership recognizes the green chemistry behind the hand soap and allows for the launch of a pilot program that will make the BioSoap the exclusive liquid soap used in bathrooms and locker rooms across Loyola’s campuses.
Loyola’s BioSoap utilizes a by-product from its student-run biodiesel production, which converts waste cooking oil to biodiesel fuel. The fuel is used in campus shuttle buses, and Loyola is the only university in the country licensed to produce, sell, and distribute biodiesel. Both the BioSoap and biodiesel are produced in the Clean Energy Lab at Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability.
“We’ve been producing and selling our BioSoap for the past few years in small quantities,” said Zach Waickman, biodiesel lab manager at Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability. “The DfE recognition further proves that our product is environmentally safe and cost-effective, so we can work with our University contractor to provide BioSoap campus-wide.”
To kick off the pilot program, the Institute of Environmental Sustainability will host “BioSoap BYOB” on Tuesday, April 22 – Thursday, April 24 from 12 – 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to “bring your own bottle” to the Clean Energy Lab located in Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability at 6349 N Kenmore Ave on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Students will fill the bottle with BioSoap for $2.
“BioSoap BYOB” will also be available at the Loyola Farmer’s Market beginning on June 9, 2014. The Farmer’s Market has a new location this year at The Loyola Plaza on 6540 N. Sheridan Road in Rogers Park.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 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 or @LoyolaNewsroom.