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Report Card 2010

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Los Angeles Valley College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Courtesy of Los Angeles Valley College

School details:

Endowment: $1 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Valley Glen, California

Enrollment: 18,436


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


An application was submitted by Coby King to have this school evaluated in the College Sustainability Report Card 2010.  A grant was awarded and a contribution was made to cover the cost of inclusion.   Learn more  about how a school can apply for inclusion.   


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

Overall grade  
The college adheres to the Los Angeles Community College District's sustainable design standards and has included sustainability in its master plan. The facilities master plan committee includes administrators, faculty, staff, and students, and is working to address renewable energy on campus, water conservation, and LEED certification. The campus master contracts call for Energy Star products, and most cleaning products are Green Seal-certified. The district's chancellor signed the Presidents' Climate Commitment in 2007.
The campus has completed a carbon emissions inventory and has installed a 142-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array. The central plant is controlled by an energy management system, and the college is in the process of retrocommissioning two of its buildings. The Sustainability Series Boot Camp trains faculty and staff on how to incorporate sustainability into their daily operations.
Dining services spends approximately 40 percent of its annual food budget on local produce, milk, meat, fish, ice cream, and bread. The college purchases hormone-free beef, poultry, and pork, and offers some fair trade coffee. The campus diverts approximately 54 percent of its waste from the landfill.
The Los Angeles Community College District’s $6.1 billion Sustainable Building Program is providing Los Angeles Valley College with $637 million to renovate and modernize its facilities. Following its board-mandated sustainable building policy, which states that all new buildings meet LEED certification standards, the college has one LEED Silver-certified building, and one of its buildings meets LEED Gold certification criteria. The college has installed motion sensors, ambient light sensors, waterless urinals, and some dual-flush toilets. The irrigation system is tied to a local weather station, and the college has installed artificial turf for its football field.
The Environmental Club has held zero-waste events and is working to promote the BuildLACCD recycling program and expand campus support for sustainability. The group also conducts and participates in Sustainable Works seminars.
Students enrolled full time at Los Angeles Valley College are eligible to participate in the district’s subsidized transit pass program, through which they receive a six-month Metro pass for $15, representing a discount of 40 percent. The college also offers incentives for environmentally friendly commuting practices.
No evaluation was made of Endowment Transparency because the school's endowment size does not meet the minimum threshold of $16 million in assets.
No evaluation was made of Investment Priorities because the school's endowment size does not meet the minimum threshold of $16 million in assets.
No evaluation was made of Shareholder Engagement because the school's endowment size does not meet the minimum threshold of $16 million in assets.
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