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Group formed to improve Loyola's environmental efforts

April 16, 2010

In order to reduce Loyola University New Orleans’ impact on the environment, Provost Edward Kvet, D.M.E., recently formed a Study Group on Campus Sustainability to assess the level of the university’s sustainable operations and suggest improvements.

The university currently responds to annual national questionnaires from the Princeton Review, Green Report Card, and the Peterson Report regarding its sustainable operations ratings. The grades received from each organization are being used to set a baseline for improvement, said Robert A. Thomas, Ph.D., professor and director of the Center for Environmental Communication.

The study group’s first responsibility was to assess current environmental activities on campus. Presently, the university is involved in the following green activities:

  • All new construction and renovations on campus intend to meet Silver LEED Certification or better.
  • A recycling program led by Kathy Anzelmo is in place and currently accepts office paper, manila folders, junk mail, paper bags, newspaper, magazines, aluminum, tin cans, cell phones, inkjets and toner cartridges. This program is a cooperative effort between LUCAP, Service Learning students, Physical Plant, and WFF Facility Services.
  • This summer, Loyola will begin a “single stream” recycling effort, meaning that a wide array of recyclables will be placed in one container making such efforts much easier for the Loyola community.
  • Information Technology is developing new policies and moving to new equipment that will make computers on campus more sustainable.
  • The Study Group on Campus Sustainability is completing a campus-wide inventory of greenhouse gas production, led by Joelle Underwood. This is the first step in addressing Loyola’s role in releasing carbon into the atmosphere.
  • The Loyola Association of Students for Sustainability (LASS) has recently been formed and is planning an Earth Day education event on April 21 about plastic bottles’ effect on the environment. A tap water tasting challenge will also take place to see if participants can taste the difference between tap, bottled and filtered water.
  • Loyola students have attended and participated in several national meetings on college campus sustainability, such as the Ignatian Solidarity Network Teach-In led by Josh Daley, associate chaplain for University Ministry.
  • Daley has also presented a proposal to administration entitled “Rebuild Loyola, Rebuild New Orleans.”
  • Loyola is participating in the following state and national efforts:

§ Talloires Declaration: University Leaders for a Sustainable Future

§ American College & University President’s Climate Commitment

§ Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Louisiana Environmental Leadership Program

  • The Iggy Bike Project has been developed to allow students to pay a fee and have access to bicycles on campus. It will be launched in fall 2010.
  • Loyola has teamed with Tulane to implement WeCar, a campus car-sharing program to help remove cars from the road.
  • The Environmental Studies Program faculty is working on a proposal to have Environmental Studies and Environmental Science majors approved.
  • The Physical Plant is consistently improving energy efficiency as they upgrade existing HVAC. Virtually any improvements they do on campus take Loyola to a higher standard of sustainability. They have also adopted a Statement of Environmental Responsibility.
  • The sustainability study group is working with other divisions to develop and implement policies regarding sustainable operations: purchasing policies, investment policies, use of resources (such as paper, printers, and anything that is consumed).
  • Sodexo is persistent in improving the sustainable operation of food services and reducing wastage of food.
  • The Student Government Association has planted a Sustainability Garden next to Monroe Hall to provide members of the campus community with gardening space, supplies and information on sustainable practices.
  • The university is gathering and dispersing leaf mulch to interested members of the campus community so all the yard waste that previously went to the landfill is now being used efficiently.
  • A committee is working with Tulane to develop a public transportation program for students, faculty and staff.
  • Loyola students can now access Tulane’s shuttles for free.
  • Green jobs advising is done by the Career Center.
  • Hollygrove Market comes to campus each week to sell fresh, local produce.
  • Across campus, departments are changing paper forms into on-line forms.
  • Residential Life does Freecycling, especially during move-out time. Item left by the students are made available to those in need.
  • The purchasing department is now managing an office supply trading program that has reduced waste of important resources.

For more information on the university’s sustainability efforts or the Study Group on Campus Sustainability, please contact Thomas at rathomas@loyno.edu or 865-2107.

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