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The Princeton Review Names Loyola Among Nation’s “Green Colleges” 

By Loyola University on Wed, 10/23/2019 - 14:29

More and more, a university’s “green” status is playing into college searches, according to bellwether marketing research

(New Orleans, La. – October 23, 2019) Loyola University New Orleans is one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to the Princeton Review. The education services company today released the 2019 edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges, spotlighting the university’s stellar academic programs, resources and student activities related to sustainability.

More than one-third of the university’s 2019 graduates pursued majors with sustainability learning outcomes, according to university data, whether they majored in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Biology or attained a Business degree demanding studies in corporate social responsibility and business ethics. The measure demands not only that students study nature or biology, for example, but also explores the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability.

In the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, the nationally ranked Environmental Law Clinic and the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice are helping to shape public policy – and the world. The Loyola Center for Environmental Communication is training scientists, industry leaders, and policymakers to lead critical conversations in a changing world.

Loyola also offers support for faculty research and pedagogical enhancement through the James C. Carter, S. J. Faculty Fellowship and the Bobet Fellowship programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. Monroe Hall, where more than 40 percent of undergraduate classes take place, is Silver LEED-certified and includes not only state-of-the-art STEM laboratories but a rooftop greenhouse, where groundbreaking research is taking place.

More and more, a university’s “green” status is playing into college searches, according to bellwether marketing research on Gen-Z. Indeed, among the 11,900 teens and parents The Princeton Review surveyed earlier this year for its 2019 College Hopes and Worries Survey, 64 percent said that having information about a college’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.

Student organizations at Loyola, such as the Loyola Students for Environmental Action and the Loyola University Community Action Program help to promote sustainability practices at Loyola. One exciting program has students partnering with Sodexo Dining Services in a food recovery effort to stem food waste in Loyola dining rooms. Sodexo workers and Loyola student volunteers re­package food and distribute these meals to homeless shelters in New Orleans.

Loyola New Orleans is committed to helping the environment and enhancing sustainability, implementing more and more green practices over time and wherever possible, said University President Tania Tetlow, pointing to Loyola’s stellar science, environment, business and law programs, in which students are helping to study ecology and address environmental science and policy.

“Our sustainability efforts at Loyola reflect the Jesuit priorities of creating a better environment for future generations and caring for our common home,” said President Tetlow.