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Report Card 2011

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Catholic University of America
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Catholic University of America

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Endowment: $154 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Washington, District of Columbia


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: No


Please note: This school did not respond to any of the three administrator surveys. The data used for both the profile and grading was compiled from independent research. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology section.  


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

Overall grade  
D +
Catholic University of America has a campus environmental committee, and a staff member in the energy and utilities management department devotes time to energy conservation initiatives on campus. The university purchases some Energy Star products and many green cleaning products.
The university continuously installs energy-saving technologies and encourages students and staff to monitor energy consumption. The school installed solar panels on four buildings, which generate renewable energy for campus use, and CUA also purchases renewable energy credits.
The school purchases local foods, such as produce and dairy products, and strives to purchase seafood that meets sustainability guidelines. The university is taking steps to decrease waste by using biodegradable trash can liners and buying in bulk to reduce packaging. A dining services manager also works with the CUA Green Club to collaborate on student sustainability efforts.
CUA's campus includes two buildings that meet LEED criteria but are not yet certified. The university employs water conservation technologies, such as low-flow faucets and showerheads and waterless urinals, in newly constructed buildings. The university has installed living roofs on several campus buildings to manage stormwater.
Students participate in RecycleMania each year and organize campaigns to promote waste reduction and energy conservation on campus. The CUA Green Club is a campus organization that helps develop and implement environmental initiatives, awareness campaigns, and recycling programs on campus.
CUA offers public transportation subsidies and also provides a free shuttle service on campus. The university designates preferred parking spaces to compact cars and carpools, and offers bike parking for campus community members. The urban campus is conveniently located near many public transportation routes.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to the public at the investment office. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
A member of the university administration determines proxy votes.
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