Loyola University Maryland


Sustainability Initiatives

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Loyola has been working hard over the past few years to change the way that we impact the environment as a community. The sections below detail the efforts we have made in nine different areas across campus. Click through these sections to discover more about what Loyola is doing to change our footprint and to make the planet a cleaner, healthier place for everyone and everything.


Loyola’s infrastructure plays a large role in our carbon and ecological footprint. In order to alleviate this impact, Loyola is retrofitting many older buildings and we are constructing all new buildings with the environment in mind.


Loyola has retro-fitted many buildings across our campus in order to make them more sustainable structures. Loyola’s electric shop has retrofitted many light fixtures, installing more energy efficient lighting sources in many buildings across campus. We have also installed water conservation fixtures, including faucet aerators and low flow toilets and showerheads.

Loyola also makes an effort to purchase green flooring options for our renovations. We purchase carpet tiles and are current considering tiles made from recycled content for our next renovation projects. In 2013, Loyola purchased 9,952 square yards of “cool carpet” from Interface. This purchase offsets 285,423lbs greenhouse gas emissions.

Loyola also utilizes the Metasys system to monitor our HVAC systems. This system allows us to make remote changes to a unit and control temperature.

Ridley Athletic Complex

The Ridley Athletic Complex (RAC) was built on 20+ acres of landfill. This construction site required a number of special modifications including the installation of a new landfill cover and a landfill gas collection system. Stormwater management plans were created to provide water quantity and water quality control. The area surrounding the RAC was restored after construction and is now a designated forest conservation area.

Dorm Buildings

Butler Hall - Butler Hall currently has solar panels installed on the roof.

Flannery O’Connor Hall - Flannery O’Connor is Loyola’s first “green” building. While we did not seek LEED certification, we incorporated a number of green features into the building design and construction including:

  • Selected a site that required minimal demolition
  • Used sustainable building materials, including
    • Recycled (LDPE) concrete forms
    • Structural steel made of 90% recycled steel scrap
    • LPDE toilet partitions
    • 80% of materials were made within a 500 mile radius
  • Green roof to reduce heat absorption and increase water retention
  • Geothermal energy system
  • Adhesives, sealants, and paints are all low- or no-VOC (volatile organic compound)
  • Permeable paver system to reduce run off

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As an institute of higher education, Loyola University Maryland takes its obligation to educate our students very seriously. We believe that this involves more than what happens inside the classroom, instead encompassing everything that our students do while they are here at Loyola.

With this co-curricular approach to learning, we hope to instill in our students the necessity, and benefits, of living an environmentally and socially sustainable life.

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Social Responsibility

The Loyola community is very aware and engaged when it comes to addressing issues of social responsibility and social justice.

Food Access

Loyola’s Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ) collects food donations each month on campus to help provide food to local families.

The Govanstowne Farmers’ Market was established in 2010 to directly meet community food access needs.

Giving Back

Previously sponsored by CCSJ, our annual move out donation drive called the Good Stuff Campaign allows Loyola students to donate items after they move out of their residence hall each May. This event prevents a large amount of items from entering the waste stream but also provides local families with the clothing, furniture, school supplies, or other items that they desperately need. These items go directly to local agencies that distribute these items to families throughout the Baltimore metro area. Starting in 2015, the event will be sponsored by the offices of Facilities Management, Sustainability, Events and Student Life. 

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Alternative Transportation

Loyola has many options available to those that are interested in seeking alternative transportation on or around campus.

SGA Bike Share Program

Loyola’s Student Government Association (SGA) is currently developing a bike share program for students on campus. This project is currently in development and SGA continues to pursue means of starting a program at Loyola.

Campus Shuttle

Loyola’s parking and transportation department has a shuttle system that runs to several high traffic areas of campus all throughout the day. There is a single route, called the Compass Route, which runs slightly different paths in the morning and in the afternoon. Learn more about the shuttle schedule.

Students are able to track shuttle arrivals online or on their mobile phones via the NextBus application. Time tables are also present at most shuttle stop locations across campus.

CollegeTown Shuttle

Baltimore Collegetown is a network that brings Baltimore area colleges together in a collaborative effort toward a multitude of issues. This network is responsible for the Collegetown shuttle that visits 8 local colleges and Penn Station. The Collegetown shuttle runs seven days a week.

The Collegetown shuttle is free to ride for students and up to two guests. Students must have their university ID in order to board the bus.

ZipCar Program

Loyola recently received two Zipcars that are parked in the motor pool lot at 5104 York Rd. Students are eligible to use these cars as temporary rentals but must sign up with Zipcar in order to participate in the program.

Loyola students are currently eligible for $10 off the sign-up fee on the ZipCar website.

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Energy Management

Energy usage is currently a leading contributor to the University’s greenhouse gas emissions. In order to begin reducing our campus energy consumption, we established an Energy Management Plan and Policy in 2009.

Loyola is also a member of the Emergency Load Response Program (ELRP), a program that asks us to reduce our energy consumption during periods of high-stress on the Mid-Atlantic grid. Facilities sends out a campus email to the community whenever we are going to take action in response to this program.

Loyola Unplugged

Loyola Unplugged is an energy reduction competition that is run annually at Loyola as part of Campus Conservation Nationals. Loyola Unplugged encourages students, faculty, and staff to get involved across campus to reduce energy.

See our 2014 Loyola Unplugged results!

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Tracking

We work with Sightlines to compile institutional data related to energy consumption, waste and development, allowing us to track Loyola's greenhouse gas emissions. With this information we are able to identify successful sustainability initiatives as well as areas of opportunity. Sightlines prepares a yearly presentation that shows our greenhouse gas emissions in an accessible format.

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Food Systems

Loyola works with Parkhurst Dining to bring food services to our campus community. Parkhurst’s management team has worked with Loyola staff, administrators, and students to make our dining services and our food systems more sustainable.

Current Initiatives

  • 100% Styrofoam free
  • Trayless dining
  • Biodegradable cups, food containers, and silverware
  • We use local produce from Lancaster Farm Fresh and Shaw Orchards
  • We work with Waste Neutral to compost our food waste from Boulder Garden Café
  • Greenlight Biofuels converts used fryer grease into bio-diesel

Community Garden

Loyola has a community garden on campus directly behind Avila Hall. This garden is available throughout the growing season for all members of the Loyola community to use. Learn more about the garden and find out what is growing this season.

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Landscape and Biodiversity

Landscaping at Loyola is performed through the grounds maintenance shop in the facilities department. Grounds employees regularly patrol the campus to ensure that the beautiful land is appropriately maintained and they strive to make sure that our impact on the environment remains minimal.

Grounds regularly lays mulch in order to prevent runoff and uses fertilizers on campus that are not liquid, making it more difficult for them to run off. All plants on campus are obtained from local nurseries and about 30% of the trees and plants are native species.

Loyola also completed a reforestation project after the construction of the Ridley Athletic Complex in 2010. We planted more than 200 trees in the area and it is now considered a forest retention area.

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Water Conservation

Although 80% of the Earth is covered in water, only 3% of that water is drinkable; two-thirds of that total is frozen in the polar ice caps. Ultimately, we are left with 1% of the world’s water supply that can be used by all plants, animals, and humans on the planet. Water is an extremely valuable resources and it is up to us to protect it.

In order to conserve water, Loyola has undertaken several projects over the course of recent years. We have installed low-flow faucets and toilets in all rooms that were constructed or renovated after 1998. Very few areas of campus are left with traditional flow toilets and there are plans to replace them in the near future. Faucet aerators are present on all faucets on campus; these introduce air to the water, decreasing the overall amount of water that comes out of the faucet. Water pressure is also reduced system wide to save water.

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Waste and Materials

Loyola has implemented several programs that are designed to reduce the waste that is produced by our campus.

Good Stuff Campaign

The Good Stuff Campaign is an annual move-out recycling program hosted by CCSJ. Students donate their goods as they move out to any of the several designated donation sites. These items are not only kept out of the waste stream, but they are donated to a local family in need through a number of recognized charities.

Green Office Program

Part of our Green Office Program Certification Process requires offices to consider the products that they bring into their offices and think about the amount of waste that they are personally responsible for.

Become involved in the Green Office Program.

Paperless University

The Paperless University program is run through Technology Services. Paperless University helps offices use technology to decrease the paper consumption in their office, largely through the ImageNow software. Undergraduate Admissions, Human Resources, and other departments currently participate in the program.


Recycling is performed by Allied Waste Services, a commercial recycling company. Working with a commercial recycling company allows us to recycle more things that are not typically accepted at a public recycling center.

What can be recycled at Loyola?


Composting is performed by Waste Neutral, a commercial composting company. Working with Waste Neutral allows us to compost things that are not compostable in a home system, such as heavy paper, compostable plastics, and meats.

What can be composted at Loyola?


We want our community to avoid putting as many things as possible into the landfill but we understand that some things will inevitably end up there. Our landfill waste is handled by Allied Waste.

Though we are trying to limit our landfill waste, Allied has implemented some green initiatives. Allied is able to harness landfill gas (captured from the decomposing garbage in the landfill) to create energy in their Landfill Gas-to-Energy program. Allied also lays solar panels over filled landfills and uses the space as a large solar energy field. 

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