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Report Card 2008

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Loyola University Chicago
College Sustainability Report Card 2008

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Loyola University of Chicago

School details:

Endowment: $306 million as of June 30, 2006

Location: Chicago, Illinois


Campus Survey: Yes

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
C -
Loyola University of Chicago signed the Illinois Sustainable University Compact in June 2007, through which it will pledge to accomplish several goals by the end of 2010. There is currently a campus sustainability committee, and there is a possibility that sustainability staff will be hired within the next year.
The university has made considerable investments in energy-efficient equipment such as high-efficiency boilers and chillers. Lighting retrofits have been performed across campus and there is a pilot solar power cell on the Lake Shore Campus library.
Loyola dining services purchases coffee from a local vendor and uses 100 percent fair-trade coffee. The university recycles glass, cans, plastic, and cardboard, but is currently in the midst of overhauling its recycling program to make improvements.
The university currently intends to seek LEED certification for all new academic buildings and, as part of the Illinois Sustainable University Compact, pledges that all new buildings be LEED-certified. The new Information Commons building will be certified LEED Silver. Multiple buildings have green rooftops, including a renovated building that is on the national registry of historic places.
In fall 2007, the university will begin a pilot biodiesel lab and expects to use the fuel that it produces in its campus recycling vehicle. Part of the Illinois Sustainable University Compact requires Loyola to promote sustainable transportation options. Students are all provided U-PASS cards for use on the Chicago Transportation Authority buses and trains and there is a bike corral on campus. Loyola hosts two I-GO car-sharing vehicles at the Lake Shore campus and I-GO offers a discount to Loyola customers.
The university has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record. Therefore, there is no known ability to access this information.
The university aims to optimize investment return and has not made any public statements about investigating or investing in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The university has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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