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Report Card 2010

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University of California–Los Angeles
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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University of California–Los Angeles

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  Campus Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $895 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Los Angeles, California

Enrollment: 38,425

Type: Public


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


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

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UCLA's climate action plan sets forth a strategy for achieving greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. Sustainability is included in the long-range development plan. The Sustainability Committee addresses issues regarding water, waste and recycling, planning and transportation, material management, and behavioral change. The university employs three full-time sustainability staff.
UCLA has reduced its emissions by 18 percent on a square-foot basis below 1990 levels. A cogeneration plant produces 70 percent of campus electricity. UCLA is embarking on a four-year energy conservation project that will save the university $4.2 million annually and includes retrofitting HVAC systems in 25 buildings. Other projects have included a thermal energy storage system, a new air conditioning water chiller facility, and lighting retrofits.
A new UC system sustainable food policy outlines goals that include the commitment to have 20 percent of food purchases be sustainably produced by 2020. Dining halls compost all food scraps, a total of 720 tons annually. The campus currently diverts 60 percent of its waste from the landfill, with a target of 75 percent by 2012 and zero waste by 2020. One cafe on campus is zero waste.
All new buildings must be certified LEED Silver and outperform California energy codes by 20 percent. UCLA is renovating 17 existing buildings to achieve LEED-EB certification. There are two LEED Silver buildings on campus. Occupancy sensors and ambient light sensors are in 25 buildings. The campus uses recovered water in cooling towers, and many buildings feature low-flow urinals.
The student group E3 played a role in the creation of a sustainability committee. Lately the group has worked toward having all coffee on campus be fair trade-certified. The Education for Sustainable Living program hosts film and lecture series. Successful student projects have also included two on-campus gardens and a solar test array. A month-long dorm energy competition saved 27,580 kilowatt-hours of electricity, and a total of $2,300. The Sustainability/Green Theme Community houses 90 students.
UCLA offers discounted parking passes to commuters who carpool or drive electric vehicles, and has had a vanpool program for 25 years. The employee drive-alone rate is down to 53 percent. Students receive discounts on local bus systems. There is a free shuttle system, with buses that run on natural gas, that takes students around campus and to nearby destinations. A bike rental program is available to students and there is a car-sharing program on campus.
The UCLA Foundation makes a list all holdings available online to the public, as per open record law. The foundation does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The foundation aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The foundation asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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