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Loyola recognizes the important role of higher education in shaping a sustainable future for all. As a justice-oriented Jesuit institution, Loyola University Maryland is committed to taking action to combat climate change.

Rev. Brian F. Linnane, SJ, now President Emeritus, demonstrated that commitment by signing the 2015 St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor of the Catholic Climate Covenant and the President’s Carbon Commitment. As a signatory, Loyola committed to developing institutional structures and long-term strategies to reduce our carbon footprint in order to achieve carbon neutrality and engage our community in action on climate change.

Updates on climate protection

Strategy 1A: The Energy Committee has successfully completed an AHREA Level II Energy Audit to identify high impact energy saving projects across campus and an RFP is being developed to implement identified energy saving actions (2021).

Strategy 1A: The Sustainability Committee will draft a Green Building Policy to ensure all campus construction conforms to the USGBC LEED Sustainable Buildings Framework (2021).

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Strategy 3C: Loyola Sustainability secured grant funding to implement a zero-waste events program and the Sustainability Committee is developing a zero-waste plan to guide a comprehensive and equity-focused waste prevention and recycling strategy (2020).

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Strategy 4A: Energy Revolving Fund established by Business and Finance Division to redirect funds from energy saving projects to additional sustainable infrastructure (2020).

Loyola’s carbon footprint

Baseline 2015 Green House Gas Inventory

Loyola carbon footprint data

climate protection plan

The Loyola University Maryland Climate Action Plan is our roadmap to reduce our carbon footprint and combat climate change. The plan was developed over two years by the sustainability committee, various subcommittees and stakeholders from across campus. The plan outlines strategies and goals that will put the university on an actionable path to reduce our carbon footprint and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 globally.

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Achieve climate neutrality by 2050

Reduction of energy consumption by 20% by 2030

Invest in 50% renewable energy by 2030

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Goal 1: save energy

Strategy A: Improve our buildings

Audit and track energy-consuming buildings to implement high-impact energy-saving projects, purchase Energy Star equipment and aim for LEED Gold for new builds.

Strategy B: Invest in renewable energy

Integrate renewable or renewable energy-capable infrastructure into new builds and invest in both on- and off-campus renewable energy.

Strategy C: Commitment to the energy sector

Host an annual climate action awareness week and share utility data with the campus community.

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Goal 2: Travel lighter

Strategy A: Green commuting

Better understand commuting patterns, support alternative commuters, enhance the pedestrian experience and support public transit availability in Baltimore.

Strategy B: Offset flights

Encourage local professional development opportunities and video conferencing, and develop a local carbon offset program to offset emissions caused by campus flights.

Strategy C: Buy alternative vehicles

Centralize vehicle purchasing and develop standardized vehicle purchasing guidelines that prioritize fuel-efficient electric and hybrid vehicles.

Education on climate change

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Goal 3: Involve all levels of the university

Strategy A: Teach sustainability throughout the curriculum

Create a resource bank for sustainability and climate change modules, set a sustainability course requirement, institute academic programs that support environmental learning, and expand the environmental studies minor to a major.

Strategy B: Rethinking the campus landscape

Expand the role of the campus landscape to support native biodiversity, protect the local ecosystem, and inspire conservation by exploring advanced stormwater management techniques and enhancing the visibility and academic use of the Loyola Arboretum and Community Garden.

Strategy C: Reduce waste

Develop a zero-waste plan to standardize recycling and waste operations across campus and engage the Loyola community in waste reduction and proper sorting at campus events and orientations.

Strategy D: Sustainable purchasing

Develop sustainable procurement language to ensure purchased goods and services align with the university’s commitment to sustainability.


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Goal 4: Maintain climate protection

Strategy A: Finance climate protection

Establish a revolving energy fund, incorporate energy savings targets into capital applications, explore grant and project opportunities, and develop funding sources for Scope 3 emissions.

Strategy B: Communicate climate protection measures

Host the climate action plan as a living and evolving document on the sustainability website with clear action points for stakeholders and communications for the campus community.

Strategy C: Track progress and update

Track and report carbon footprint to Second Nature annually and update climate action plan at least every three years.

View the full climate action plan

Link to climate protection plan (SharePoint)

Climate Protection Plan Download (PDF)

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