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Loyola University Maryland recognized for sustainability achievements

Pink flowers on a blossoming tree frame a view of the Academic Quadrangle at Loyola

Loyola University Maryland earned a in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all areas of higher education.

This was Loyola’s first submission for a STARS rating—a benchmark for the University in achieving goals related to sustainability. The University’s new strategic plan, Together We Rise: Loyola University Maryland’s Strategic Plan for 2030, sets specific goals for the University utilizing the STARS framework. 

“This rating marks an achievement on Loyola’s path forward as we continue to build a culture of sustainability on campus,” said Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D., president of Loyola. “Loyola’s commitment to sustainability, to caring for our common home, is a priority for our community, particularly for our current and future students. As we live out our Jesuit mission more fully, we will reduce our impact on the environment, foster healthier ecosystems for our campus community, and invest in resiliency and adaptation efforts.”

Loyola offers a sustainability management major, environmental studies minor, and many sustainability-related courses across disciplines. The University has geothermal on-campus and two power purchase agreements for solar fields off campus. Loyola has a certified level II arboretum, electric fleet vehicles, and compost in all dining areas, and the University hosts a community farmers’ market and community fridge. Loyola was listed on .

“Our sustainability efforts allow us to live out our mission while enhancing the student, staff, and faculty experiences, encouraging us all to live a more sustainable life,” said Tracy Harvey, Ph.D., sustainability director at Loyola. “Our commitment to sustainability is stronger than ever, and we’re excited to use the STARS framework to report, measure, and advance our efforts on campus and in the community.”

With more than 1,200 participants in 52 countries, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in five overall areas: academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership.

Later this month Loyola will celebrate Earth Week with a series of events that are open to the public. Learn more about sustainability at Loyola.