Loyola University Maryland


Sustainability Initiatives

Setting sun on Quad

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.


All new buildings and renovations are built according to LEED Silver Equivalent standard. Loyola has also retro-fitted many buildings across our campus in order to make them more sustainable structures, including energy efficient light fixtures and water conservation fixtures (faucet aerators, low flow toilets and showerheads)

Loyola purchases carpet in squares wherever possible to extend the useful life of the product and reduce waste. These carpet squares are evaluated to reduce waste and energy consumption throughout the entire life cycle of the product and are recycled into new carpet at the end of their useful life.

Loyola utilizes the Metasys system to monitor our heating and air conditioning systems that allows us to make immediate and scheduled changes to units across campus remotely and helps the university reduce unnecessary energy consumption.

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 features a small solar array on the roof.

Flannery O’Connor Hall - Flannery O’Connor is Loyola’s first “green” building. Many green features are incorporated 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
    • Recycled plastic 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

bee approaches flower on flannery green roof

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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

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

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.

Catholic Climate Covenant St. Francis Pledge

In July of 2015, Loyola University Maryland became an official signatory of the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor. As a university we have committed to pray, reflect, and act on climate change. 

Green Office Program

The Green Office Program is a voluntary certification program and support network created help offices live out the Jesuit mission through sustainable initiatives in their workplace. Become involved in the Green Office Program.

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Alternative Transportation

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

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.

Renewable Energy

Loyola purchased 15% of its annual energy consumption equal to 266 MWh from wind power in 2015. The purchase of 5,250 Green-e Energy certified wind power renewable energy certificates from WGL avoids 3,620 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. That's equivalent to skipping 407,353 gallons of gasoline or taking over 762 cars off the road for one year. 

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
  • compostable cups, food containers, and silverware
  • 20% local produce from Lancaster Farm Fresh and Shaw Orchards
  • composts food waste from Boulder Garden Café
  • Greenlight Biofuels converts used fryer grease into bio-diesel
  • purchases produce in bulk to supply local corner stores with fresh and healthy options at supplier cost
  • recovers eligible food donations for Beans and Bread
  • provides meals for the Loaves & Fishes program 

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 landscape is appropriately maintained.

Grounds Department has a growing commitment to native and pollinator friendly landscaping. Native plants and shrubs can be found outside of Campion Towers, Flannery O' Connor Hall, The LND Library and at the Peace Meadow.

Multiple no-mow areas have also been established on campus slopes to reduce storm water run off and support local biodiversity.

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

Facilities Management was awarded a BGE Green Grants award to convert all residential shower heads to low flow models in 2017. The project has converted 11 residence halls to low flow and is expected to be completed in Summer 2018.

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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. Learn more about our waste reduction programs on the Loyola Recycles website.

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.

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.

Water bottle filling stations are available at 10 locations across the Evergreen campus. These stations provide community members with cold filtered water to encourage the use of reusable bottles. The units are also fitted with a counter to track how many single use plastic water bottles have been saved since installation. Please view our hydration page for a list of locations and more information.


Single-stream recycling is collected in residential and administrative buildings and hauled to local recycling facilities by our recycling service provider Waste Management.


Loyola dining diverts kitchen waste to be collected and processed into rich soil by our local commercial composting service provider, Waste Neutral.

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