Loyola University Maryland


Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee of the Loyola Conference provides a framework for building a culture of sustainability at the University.  The committee makes recommendations related to environmental sustainability to the appropriate offices and governing bodies of the university. 

Current Membership

Chair Bernadette Roche, Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Kiki Williams, Facilities
Faculty Dr. Elizabeth Dahl, Chemistry
Terre Ryan, Writing
Staff Taylor Casalena, Facilities & Sustainability
Jo Ann Smoot, School of Education
Residence Hall Association Julia Kasmouski '20
Student Government Association Eliana Marzullo '17
Ellen Roussel '17
Graduate Student Organization In Transition

Past Membership

Conor Hannan '18
Ada Torres '17



The President's Carbon Commitment

President Brian F. Linnane, S.J. signed the President’s Carbon Commitment in December 2015. As a signatory, Loyola has committed to developing institutional structures and long term goals to reduce our carbon footprint to achieve carbon neutrality as soon as possible. The Sustainability Committee of the Loyola Conference is responsible for developing the Climate Action Plan and will oversee the implementation of all climate action initiatives.

The Climate Action Plan

The Sustainability Committee is currently developing the university's Climate Action and Sustainability Plan, which will set the university on the path to climate neutrality by 2050. Priorities for the climate action plan include:

Reduce Our Carbon Footprint To Zero By 2050

Save Energy

Improve Our Buildings: Strive For LEED Gold, Expand Energy Tracking, Upgrade Equipment
Help Greyhounds Save Energy: Implement Energy Savings Campaigns Across Campus
Invest In Clean Renewable Energy: Support Renewable Energy Projects On And Off Campus

Travel Lighter

Green Our Commutes: Incentivize Mass Transit, Support Carpoolers, Protect Bikers
Fly Less, Fly Green: Support Local Conferences, Utilize Campus Technology, Offset Flights 
Buy Better Vehicles: Commit To Electric And Hybrid Low Maintenance Vehicles

Reduce Waste

Zero Waste By 2050: Capture More Waste Streams, Green Our Events, Reduce Contamination
Buy Smarter: Prioritize Sustainable Vendors And Products, Ask For Product Take Back

Educate Students About Climate Change

In The Classroom

Offer Sustainability Focused Courses, As Part Of The Environmental And Sustainability Minor
Include Assignments & Examples Involving Climate Change Or Climate Action In Courses

Outside The Classroom

Conduct Programming In Residence Halls To Encourage Students To Reduce Carbon Footprints

Sustain Climate Action

Finance Climate Action

Energy Savings For Energy Savings: Implement A Green Energy Revolving Account
Invest In Our Buildings: Prioritize Sustainable Capital Projects, Expand Funding For Upgrades
Get Students Involved: Implement A Student Green Fee To Support Student Projects

Track Progress

Understand Our Carbon Footprint: Continue Green House Gas Inventory And Carbon Tracking

Communicate Climate Action

Provide Action Items For Campus Stakeholders, Students, Faculty And Staff