Sustainability: Education

Learn more about the sustainability courses offered at Loras and ways to practice sustainability on campus.

Food and Wellness

From caring for our garden to exercising in our facilities, Loras provides students ways to promote sustainability wellness.

Sustainability: Recycling and Waste

Loras takes pride in involvement efforts reducing waste and shrinking our carbon footprint.

About Us

Meet some of the faces behind sustainability efforts on campus.

Getting Involved

Discover how students, faculty, and staff can all contribute to sustainability on and off campus.

The Loras College community affirms the goodness of creation and the special place that human beings have within the natural order here on earth. We recognize that from these beliefs flow certain serious obligations to all of God’s creatures, both human and non-human, living and non-living. Accordingly, the Loras faculty, staff, students shall bear witness to careful, thorough, lasting, and sustainable stewardship of all creation, for the sake of present and future generations and for the common good, by:

  • Conserving and using sustainably the natural resources entrusted to them
  • Purchasing and utilizing recyclable, recycled, reusable, and renewable materials and supplies
  • Consuming energy efficiently and expanding the use of renewable energy
  • Maintaining a comprehensive recycling program which includes recycling and re-use of resources
  • Properly handling and disposing of all waste materials
  • Preparing and serving wholesome food in an environmentally conscious way
  • Promoting environmental awareness within the Loras community

Learn more about the sustainability courses offered at Loras and ways to practice sustainability on campus.

Salad Bar in Cafe
From caring for our garden to exercising in our facilities, find out more about Loras’ food and wellness practices.

Loras takes pride in their involvement in reducing waste on campus. Explore how we strive to shrink our carbon footprint.

Discover how students, faculty, and staff can all contribute to sustainability on and off campus.

Meet a few of the faces behind sustainability initiatives on campus.



Loras College offers an interdisciplinary minor in Sustainability. Our sustainability minor calls students to understand the physical, social, and ethical dimensions of environmental sustainability, from the local level to the global. Building on that foundation, we challenge our students to actively work together to collectively prioritize our environment for present and future generations.

For more information, click the button below, speak to your admission representative or contact Dr. Darr at

Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability
Food and Wellness


The Loras College Cafeteria:

The goal of Loras’ Cafeteria is to provide students with nutritious food. Partnered with Aramark, Loras College Dining aligns with their “Be Well. Do Well.” Program that is focused on making a positive impact on people and the planet. From ethical sourcing of products to composting to reduce food waste, Loras is focused on sustainable food practices in their dining facilities.

Food waste is one the most important things to redirect from the landfill, and with the help of GreenRU, Loras College has been composting since 2019 to combat food waste. Collection bins are within the cafeteria. Students are responsible for scraping their leftovers and napkins into the composting bins at the dishware collection site.

If you are interested in learning more about how our composting system works, visit

Tom Blacklock Memorial Campus Garden:

“Where everything is free for the taking”

In an effort to provide all access to locally grown produce, Loras college is proud to be home to the Tom Blacklock Memorial Campus Garden. The garden is located between Hennessey Hall and the Science Hall. The garden welcomes anyone to come in and take as much produce as they’d like. Some of the featured produce includes tomatoes, basil, and strawberries. Students are also encouraged to volunteer to tend to the garden.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Dr. Sinha at

Recycling and Waste

At Loras we are committed to waste reduction. We do what we can to follow the Three R’s of reduce, reuse and recycle. Waste and recycle bins are located all across campus and in traditional and alternative housing facilities to make it easy to dispose of waste and recyclable material.

Residential Halls and Alternative Housing:

Every residential hall room and alternative housing rooms are equipped with a blue bin for use of collecting recyclable items. Res hall students are able to carry these bins and dispose of them in the larger recycle bins located in their bathrooms where custodial staff will later empty and sort. Students are responsible for taking their bins from their rooms to the bathroom on their floor.

Common Recycling Streams:

  • Paper
    • Accepted: newspapers, magazines, catalogs, office paper, egg cartons, Kraft paper, phone books, junk mail, brown paper bags, feed sacks, books and shredded paper.
    • Not accepted: paper towels, paper plates or paper cups, toilet paper, wall paper, waxed paper, Christmas wrapping paper and stickers.
  • Plastics:
    • Accepted plastics: items stamped with #1 or #2 such as milk jugs, soap bottles, butter tubs, yogurt cups, buckets pop and water bottles.
    • Not accepted plastics: Styrofoam, plastic bags, toys, vinyl siding, PVC pipe, plastic feed sacks, films, rubber, carpet, foam, silage bags, Tyvek, field tile, or motor oil bottles.
  • Cardboard
    • Accepted: basic corrugated boxes or sheets, cereal boxes, pizza boxes, shoe boxes, or similar containers. Please remove all Styrofoam, plastic bags, and any other packaging. Staples, tape and labels are OK to leave on.
    • Not accepted: milk or juice cartons, plastic or wax coated boxes or any cardboard contaminated with oil.
  • *Glass is not collected at Loras. Redeemable glass items can be redeemed at Walmart.
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Student Recognition

Below is a sampling of students who have stepped forward and taken initiatives in helping create a more sustainable environment at Loras College.

Mariana Bayona-Paez
Care for Creation Intern
Class of 2022

“I am involved in sustainability because I think we are taking for granted something so perfect as nature is. Without creation we would not even exist!”

Laura BrinezLaura Brinez Camacho
Care for Creation Intern
Class of 2021

“I enjoy being an intern for Spiritual Life, since people are friendly and I have the ability to advocate for the planet.”

Jake Jansen
Student Sustainability Worker, Co-President of LEAF, Co-Hub Coordinator of Sunrise, Sustainability Chair in Student Union
Class of 2020

“I’m involved with sustainability because our ecological systems are in crisis, and our world deeply needs more environmental leaders.”

Harriet SiegristHarriet Siegrist
AmeriCorps Sustainability Intern
Class of 2021

“I’m involved with sustainability because I see a problem in our world where we aren’t respecting the planet. If we start being more sustainable in our community, the word will spread across the world to be better.”

Get Involved

On campus and within the Dubuque community, Loras students are able to be involved in sustainably activities, events, and organization. If you’re feeling the call to be more involve, check below to see what upcoming events are!

Loras Environmental Action Forum (LEAF):
LEAF works to educate the Loras community about the importance of sustainability and environmental action. This is done through educational events, speakers, recreational outings, discussions, and more. In the past, we’ve went on canoeing trips, made eco-friendly crafts, hosted trash pickups, lead local environmental initiatives, and helped organize the annual Dubuque Ecofest. We meet monthly in room 453 in the ACC at 8:00 pm, typically the second Wednesday of every month. For Loras students wanting to take on more responsibility in the organization, the LEAF planning committee meets every other week in the Kehl room on Friday’s at 2:30. If you’d like to get involved with LEAF, please email

Dubuque Sunrise Hub: The DBQ Sunrise Hub is a part of the national Sunrise movement working to mobilize our country’s youth to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and well-being of all people. We are ordinary young people who are scared about what the climate crisis means for the people and places we love. We are not looking to the right or left. We look forward. Together, we will change this country and this world, sure as the sun rises each morning. The DBQ Sunrise Hub meets once a month and organize monthly climate actions. Some of our recent work has included a local climate strike, a letter campaign, printing Green New Deal shirts, and much more! If you’d like to be a part of our movement and join the email list for more information, please email

Past events have included:

  • An Eco Friendly Holiday: making eco-friendly gifts
  • Dubuque Climate Strike and Rally
  • Letter Writing Campaigns
  • Visits to Swiss Valley Nature Center
  • Monarch Tagging
  • Skiing and snowshoes
  • Campus clean ups
  • Eco-Movie Nights