Loyola University Chicago's Ecodome, a 3,100 square foot greenhouse, is used in sustainable food systems research projects as well as urban agriculture production. [SOURCE: Loyola University Chicago]

Loyola University Chicago’s Ecodome, a 3,100 square foot greenhouse, is used in sustainable food systems research projects as well as urban agriculture production. [SOURCE: Loyola University Chicago]

BY ISN STAFFApril 20, 2015

Loyola University Chicago and Santa Clara University are the sole Jesuit universities to earn a spot on The Princeton Review Top 50 Green Colleges List for 2015.   According to The Princeton Review, Loyola Chicago and Santa Clara ranked 43rd and 19th respectively, are engaged in superb sustainability practices, a strong foundation in sustainability education, and provide a high quality of life for students on campus.

Each of the schools received  ranking based on institutional data provided by each institution. School administrators complete questions that analyze environmental policies on campus, preparation of students for engagement in a “green economy,” and student life as it relates to physical health and sustainability.  Student data is also collected from campus surveys that inquire about the influence of sustainability efforts on the educational experience, administration and student support for environmental awareness efforts, and the visibility of student environmental groups on campus.

At Santa Clara University (SCU) an array of campus initiatives spearheaded by students, faculty, and administration are moving SCU toward climate neutrality by 2020.  While at Loyola University Chicago (LUC) a recommendation by the University Senate, was passed with a 15 to 1 one vote on February 20th calling for divestment from fossil fuels within five years.  University administrators will now decide whether to move forward with the recommendation or not.  In recent years LUC has built numerous LEED-Certified buildings and banned plastic water bottles on campus.

[SOURCES: The Princeton Review, Loyola University Chicago, Santa Clara University]

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