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LAY OF THE LAND FRONTLINES


These projects are planned at Loyola’s new Retreat and Ecology Center in Woodstock:


Loyola’s biodiesel fuels campus shuttles. CENTER FOR URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND POLICY


First in the nation T


Student-made biodiesel fuel now licensed for sale


he Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy’s (CUERP) Biodiesel Program has be- come the first school program to be licensed by state and federal authorities to produce and sell


its biodiesel fuel. The program has received the approval of the Environmental Protection Agency, Internal Revenue Service, Illinois Department of Revenue, and the National Biodiesel Board. Loyola’s first customer is The Free Enterprise System,


Inc., the company that runs the University’s shuttle service between the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. Diesel fuel is one of the dirtiest fuels and is known to release large amounts of carbon dioxide, polluted “dust,” and sulfur compounds that can cause lung problems and lead to acid rain. The use of Loyola’s biodiesel fuel will eliminate the


4 LOYOLA UNIVERSI T Y CHICAGO


A SUSTAINABLE ORGANIC FARM The tilling and organic- manure-fertilizing of one acre has started, and there are plans to increase the size to four or six acres over the next few years. Crops under consideration include cucumbers and cabbage for pickles and sauerkraut. Eventually, the center may raise chickens for eggs and a cow or two for dairy products. All the food produced on-site will be either consumed on campus in the dining hall or sold at farmers markets. The goals of the farm are to help students engage more closely with the natural world and learn how to live more sustainably.


HERE COMES THE SUN?


use of nearly 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel every year on the shuttles. “We will continue to expand not only our production


and sales, but also our outreach to schools, small busi- nesses, and individuals interested in biodiesel,” says Zach Waickman, the program’s lab manager. “It is like running a small business that will be financially sustainable by finding unique ways to benefit the environment.” To date, the lab has produced more than 1,500 gallons of


biodiesel fuel and also sells soap made from a byproduct of the biodiesel fuel production at campus stores. “Our work has just begun, as our Biodiesel Program plans


to collaborate with other universities in the area to collect waste vegetable oil, convert it into biodiesel fuel, and sell it to other community circulator buses and universities,” says Nancy Tuchman, vice provost and former director of CUERP. “I’m so proud of what our students have accomplished thus far, along with their passion for finding solutions that pro- tect the environment and ultimately will make the Loyola community a greener place to live, work, and study.”


Analyzing the possibility of producing wind, solar, or geothermal power on the campus.


UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER COURSES Archeology, plant biology, ecology, food systems, and three other courses will be offered. Students will stay in the on-site dormitory facility.


WHERE YOU COME IN Alumni service day to help eliminate an overabundance of invasive buckthorn in the oak and hickory forest. Stay tuned for details!


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