Just a Few Study Tips…

Here’s how to maximize study time and minimize stress during EXAMS

1) Snack on ‘brain food’

Keep away from junk food and opt for a bowl of nuts instead. You need to fuel your

body while you study so make sure you eat nutritious food that has been proven to

help your brain focus such as fish, nuts, yogurt and blueberries.

2) Take a break

Don’t force yourself to sit studying for 24 hours a day. If you were training for a

marathon, you wouldn’t try and run 24 hours a day.

3) Explain your answers to others

This is one of my favorites- Explaining material to others is my favorite way to study.

If you really know the material, you should be able to repeat it and teach it to your

friends. This not only proves to yourself that you know it, it raises your confidence!

Loyola Included in Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges”

Loyola University Maryland has been included in The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition,” a profile of the most environmentally responsible institutions in the United States and Canada.

This is the second consecutive year Loyola has been included on the list, which was first published in 2010 to recognize schools that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.

The Princeton Review recognized Loyola for a number of green initiatives. Loyola has joined other institutions in the region, including Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, and the University of Maryland, to develop the Emergency Load Response Program (ELRP), one of the most comprehensive and unique sustainability initiatives in the nation. The ELRP consortium has volunteered to reduce electricity consumption during high-stress periods on the mid-Atlantic grid. Loyola’s other measures to reduce energy consumption include recent retrofitting of 70 percent of campus buildings, implementing programmable thermostats, and adding solar panels on the roof of one of the University’s residence halls. These measures have reduced energy consumption by 12 percent over recent years, despite a growing campus community.

Loyola is also home to Flannery O’Conner Hall, where first-year students have the opportunity to live in a residence hall made from recycled LDPE concrete, powered by a geothermal energy system, and capped off with a green roof, which reduces heat absorption and increases water retention.

A single-stream recycling system put into place in 2006 gives Loyola one of the best recycling rates in the country, diverting 55 percent of its waste from reaching a landfill. In addition, Loyola’s career center keeps a large database of green jobs and hosts a non-profit career fair focusing on jobs relating to social justice and the environment. The Evergreen campus is also home to a student-run Environmental Action Club, which raises awareness of sustainability-related issues on campus.

The Princeton Review considered 806 schools for this year’s guide and chose the top 322 based on data from a 50-question survey conducted among hundreds of school administrators. Schools in the guide are not ranked hierarchically.

A complete list of schools in the guide, along with more information about The Princeton Review’s methodology, is available at princetonreview.com/green-guide.

For more information or questions regarding this story, contact Media Relations Manager Nick Alexopulos at nalexopulos@loyola.edu or 410-617-5025.


Baltimore Celebrates Earth Day


As Earth Day approaches (April 22), here are some great ways to celebrate right here in the Baltimore area. Here are some ideas from our local CBS station.

Baltimore Green Week

Baltimore Green Week, April 19-27, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Sponsored by Baltimore Green Works and the Whole Foods Market, the week-long event features everything from educational programs to outdoor activities. Baltimore Green Works in a nonprofit organization that provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and concerns related to the environment.

Earth Day Cleanup

The annual Earth Day Cleanup at the Anacostia River Watershed is scheduled for 9 a.m., to noon, Saturday, April 20, at about 20 locations around Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland and in the Washington, D.C., area.

Maryland Science Center Earth Day

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 22 at the Maryland Science Center, children and adults will have a chance to learn about the Earth and how to preserve its natural beauty. There will be a recycling relay race held. Learn about wind turbines and explore the center’s green roof.


To learn more about these events, visit our local CBS station’s website at: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-ways-to-celebrate-earth-day-2013-in-baltimore/


When: Sunday, April 14th 2013

Where: Upper Iggy’s

What: To Plant Flowers and Clean Up the Dumpsters

Come out and join us for this great event!!


Corporate Sustainability: Trends of 2013

Over the last decade or so, companies around the world have adapted to the popular trend of “going green.” Here are some of the most popular sustainability trends of the upcoming year.


1) Technology is being utilized to find operation management efficiencies or drive sustainability into purchasing practices. These advancements allow companies to look at real-time data on a host of issues, such as carbon and water use, and make immediate recommendations that will conserve resources.

2) Growing interest in supply chain and product sourcing from consumers.Where was this product sourced? Who made the product and what were their working conditions? Were there any environmental impacts in the production cycle?

3) Corporate sustainability is less about the size of the staff and more about how people across the company are embedding sustainability throughout their work. A trend has begun to make sustainability a part of performance evaluations in an attempt to drive sustainability throughout an organization.

4) Increased focus on our natural resources. As our growing global population consumes more food and energy, businesses are competing for fresh water. Seventy percent of water is used for agriculture and 47 percent of the world’s population could be living under severe water stress by 2050.

5) Creating a sustainable business not only benefits the planet, but it also impacts people – from employees and consumers to partners and local communities where we do business. Through innovative partnerships and involvement from a multitude of stakeholders, an opportunity emerges to collaborate and spark real change.

Additional information regarding Corporate Sustainability trends for 2013 can be found at http://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/01/10/top-corporate-sustainability-trends-in-2013/

Source: Environmental Leader

Resource Conservation: Water

Here are some tips from the Baltimore Office of Sustainability on how to conserve water…

  • Look for and stop leaks around your home. Studies have shown homes can waste more than 10% due to leaking, which costs both you and the environment.
  • 2Replace your old toilet, the largest water user inside your home. If your home was built before 1992 and the toilet has never been replaced, then it is very likely that you do not have a water efficient 1.6 gallon per flush toilet.
  • 3Replace your clothes sasher, the second largest water user in your home. Energy Star™ rated washers that also have a Water Factor at or lower than 9.5, use 35-50% less water and 50% less energy per load.
  • 4Plant the right plants with proper landscape design and irrigation. Whether you are putting in a new landscape or slowly changing the current landscaping at your home, select plants that are appropriate for your local climate conditions.

Did You Know…

The EPA says that letting a faucet run for 5 minutes requires as much energy as lighting a 60- watt bulb for 14 hours.


“Supper” Bowl: Easy Meals for Super Bowl Sunday

Quick, Easy, and Healthy Food Ideas for Super Bowl XLVII



  • 2 ripe Hass avocados, halved, pitted, and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons queso fresco, for sprinkling
° For a healthier alternative, try serving with vegetables.


  • Vegetable oil for parchment
  • 2 large sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds), skins on, scrubbed and cut into 4-inch sticks, each 1/2 inch thick
  • 3 large egg whites (a scant 1/2 cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees with racks in the upper and middle positions. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and rub with oil.
  2. Put sweet potatoes in a microwave-safe container, cover, and microwave 2 minutes. Stir gently, cover, and microwave 1 to 2 minutes more until pieces are pliable. Let rest 5 minutes covered; pour onto a platter.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk egg whites until frothy, add spice mix, and whisk to blend. Working in batches, toss the sweet-potato pieces in the seasoned egg whites, letting the excess liquid drip back into the bowl. Place in a single layer on prepared baking sheets. Bake 10 minutes, then flip pieces over with a spatula. Rotate baking sheets from front to back and from one rack to the other. Bake until dark golden brown, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately.For more recipes visit, http://www.wholeliving.com/136374/football-food-makeover-healthier-super-bowl-recipes#/133192

Certified Sustainable Seafood At … McDonald’s?

McDonald’s will be the first U.S. restaurant chain to serve certified sustainable fish at each of it’s 14,000 locations nationwide. McDonald’s recently announced their new menu item, “Fish McBites,” which are produced using Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certified Alaskan pollock.

The MSC is an independent non profit organization that makes standards to insure sustainable fishing and allows them to monitor the fish stock health, the fishery’s management system, and the impacts that the fishery has on the ecosystem.

When McDonald’s launches their new marketing campaign in February to introduce their new Fish McBites, the MSC label will be printed on all packaging to coincide with the campaign.

Although McDonald’s is one of the single largest buyers of fish in the United States, other large companies have followed suit in order to make a positive impact in the food and retail industry. By 2015, Target will only sell fish that is certified by the MSC. Whole Foods will take similar steps, and refrain from selling fish that is considered “not sustainable.”

Among it’s other products, McDonald’s is also striving to serve sustainable beef.






Have a Green Thanksgiving!

5 Easy Tips for a Great Green Thanksgiving…

There are many ways in which we as consumers can make Thanksgiving more sustainable. These simple tips will not only be a great investment in your community, but make your Thanksgiving dinner even tastier!

1) BUY LOCAL! Buying local goods from farmers markets or small neighborhood stores not only supports your community but can make your meal even better. Many times these products will be organic, which means that fewer or no pesticides will be used on your products. Buying local also means that the product didn’t have to travel far, leading to a smaller amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

2) START A GARDEN! While planting your own vegetable garden may not be the easiest thing to do, it will be fun and best of all save you money! Fresh vegetables in any meal will make the meal that much tastier… and you grew them yourself!

3) ADOPT A TURKEY! These days, turkeys and many other animals that we eat are raised in extremely cruel and inhumane conditions. By adopting a turkey, you can feel good about eating an animal that was raised properly, fed naturally and is hormone-free.

4) LEAVE THE LEFTOVERS! If you’re one of those people that doesn’t like to eat leftovers, there’s a more sustaibale alternative to throwing them in the trash. Creating a compost pile in the backyard will prevent the waste from your meal from going into a landfill. These leftovers will enhance your soil with nutrients that will benefit the vegetables you planted!

5) USE THE TAP! Drinking tap water can reduce the amount of plastic waste that will go in the trash and then to a land fill. If your tap water tastes funny or you’re just concerned about the water quality, invest in a water purifier that can be used over and over again. Who wants to drink out of a plastic water bottle on the Thanksgiving anyway?


Campion Dumpsters Get Makeover

Have you ever wondered which dumpster is meant for recycling and which one is for regular trash? Well, on October 5th, the Environmental Action Club did something about it. With help from the Campion RA’s, the dumpsters outside of the residence building received a facelift. The EAC used spray paint to make it more obvious as to which dumpsters were used for what. EAC president, Carolyn Carcel says, “Residents are given the opportunity to leave their mark on Loyola in a way that will benefit the community in years to come. I believe that people will take pride in their artwork and encourage other residents to throw their waste into the proper containers.”


As of now, dumpsters in Campion and Flannery have been painted in an effort to make students more aware of where to throw their trash. Take a look below at some of the work the students have done!


Here's a look at what the students accomplished...

For updates about meetings and other environmentally related issues and projects, visit the EAC’s Facebook page!