LMU strives to infuse sustainability into all campus decision-making processes in order to promote economic, social, spiritual and environmental well-being. The lens of sustainability provides a powerful vision for community engagement in initiatives of equity, spirituality and stewardship. Thus, the linking of our mission to environmental sustainability and resilience will be integrated into our curricular and co-curricular programs so that we can be a leader in best sustainable practices among universities and form new leaders in sustainable practices Loyola Marymount University has a rich history of operating as a leader of sustainable institutions. LMU's commitment to environmental sustainability is woven into the very fabric of our University through the strategic plan, master plan, and public commitments. Our planet's current environmental stressors, such as climate change and the local drought, are largely due to anthropogenic contributions. Therefore, we feel it is imperative that we follow through on our public commitments to become a leader in sustainability benefiting LMU's triple bottom line; social, ecological, and financial factors.
Since the early 1990s, with the help of dedicated students, staff, faculty, and local partnerships LMU's commitment to green campus practices has grown into an innovative program known as "Green LMU" with a sustainability office housed in the facilities management department. Through this program the office of sustainability tracks, updates, and sets future goals for numerous public commitments the university has made before through community influence and presidential approval.
- In March of 2007 President Lawton created the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Committee to identify how we as a university could ideally care for our planet in our actions, while balancing real world complexities such as fiscal constraints and competing values. The committee is comprised of students, faculty, and staff.
- On October 17, 2007, President Lawton signed the American College & University President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). This landmark event allowed the implementation of comprehensive plans in pursuit of climate neutrality. In accordance with this commitment the university has taken the following steps:
- Produced a baseline Greenhouse Gas inventory in 2008, committed to update it every other year after to track progress.
- Created Climate action plan in 2010, committed to updating it every other year.
- Through these plans LMU has set a goal of climate neutrality by 2050.
- Environmental education centers, and areas of study were established on campus in the past 8 years: The Center for Urban Resilience (CURes), Center for the Study of Los Angeles, Environmental Science major, Environmental Studies minor, and emphases on sustainability in courses in engineering, business, chemistry, sociology, and others.
- LMU's 20-year Master Plan was released on April 16, 2011. Many aspects of the plan's commitments consist of goals to fulfill environmental initiatives.
- The university strategic plan for 2012-2020 was released on May 7, 2012. A major objective is to strengthen the university's commitment to stewardship, ethical sustainability, environmental justice and human resilience in the following ways:
- Be a national leader among universities in sustainable practices by making progress on the implementation of sustainability objectives in LMU's 2011 Master Plan and the Climate Action Plan.
- Engage students, faculty, staff, and administrators in learning about, teaching to and celebrating the traditions of resilience and sustainability in the support of social justice, earth care and deeper understanding of human-nature interactions.
- Partner with the broader community in sustainability and environmental justice efforts through interdisciplinary centers, programs in underserved neighborhoods, and off-campus facilities, such as schools, urban gardens and parks.
- Since the approval and implementation of the Climate Action Plan in 2010, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) continues to seek ways in which we can achieve our goal
- to reduce GHG emissions. Following our most recent progress report with the ACUPCC, LMU's Office of Sustainability has maintained growth by expanding the staff to include seven student workers and spearheading nationally recognized events on campus such as the Campus Conservation Nationals, RecycleMania and Real Food Day.
- o In fact, LMU placed 4th from a field of hundreds of North American recycling programs in the 2015 Recyclemania contest. We came in first in. LMU also became the first school to outright win 4 out of the 7 RecycleMania Sub-Divisions: Bottles & Cans, Paper, Cardboard, and The Per Capital Classic!
- To better track, understand, and reduce our energy usage, LMU's Facilities Management department has completed a campus-wide installation of energy tracking smart meters on every academic and residential building structure. Furthermore, Facilities Management has successfully installed LED light bulbs in the majority of the campus' exterior lighting structures, upgraded and optimized chiller equipment, and converted numerous expanses of grass turf to native plant landscaping.
- LMU's Recycling Program has expanded with a new state-of-the-art recycling center on campus, as well as several new external recycling receptacles installed across campus, which has allowed LMU to increase the amounts and types of materials recycled. The LMU Office of Sustainability continues to promote academic research on energy analysis and urban gardening as well as organize campus and community outreach campaigns.
- Loyola Marymount University is committed to reducing campus emissions from a variety of sources, including the Scope 1 emissions sources of stationary combustion, mobile combustion, and fugitive emissions. Additionally, LMU is committed to reducing Scope 2 and Scope 3 emission sources including purchased electricity, commuting, air travel, and solid waste. By reducing emissions from each of these categories, LMU will continue to move closer to achieving climate neutrality. Through all these efforts, as well as by involving as many campus stakeholders as feasible, LMU will work diligently to track the progress of our GHG emissions reduction efforts, and monitor our progress toward the goal of climate neutrality. The LMU campus community takes great pride in knowing that the university is doing its part to reduce impacts to climate change.