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Report Card 2010

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Creighton University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Creighton University

School details:

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Endowment: $224 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Omaha, Nebraska

Enrollment: 6,274

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: No


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

Overall grade  
D +
The university employs a full-time sustainability coordinator, and the sustainability council holds numerous forums and educational events. All cleaning products used on campus are Green Seal-certified, and Creighton requires that products and packaging contain recycled content.
The university employs temperature setbacks to improve energy efficiency on campus, and posters offer tips for energy conservation.
Creighton sources from a local dairy and serves exclusively fair trade coffee. There is a discount for using a reusable cup, and all dining facilities are trayless. A comprehensive recycling program diverts aluminum, paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, and electronics from the landfill.
Creighton has a policy that all new construction be built to LEED standards. The Mike and Josie Harper Center for Student Life and Learning, the Ryan Center, and DJ Sokol Arena were built to meet LEED criteria.
The Environmental Action Coalition aims to bring together students who have an interest in environmental issues and careers. This group, along with other students, organized a teach-in on global warming in spring 2009. One sustainability-related internship is available to students beginning fall 2009. Creighton held an energy conservation competition between residence halls in 2009 that resulted in a 20 percent reduction in energy use.
The university runs a shuttle system on campus and to local destinations. The campus fleet includes seven electric golf carts and one electric truck. Bike racks are present on campus buses.
The university makes information about all holdings available only to trustees and senior administrators. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
A member of the university administration determines proxy votes.
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