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Report Card 2011

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Creighton University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Creighton University

School details:

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Endowment: $250 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Omaha, Nebraska


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: No


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  
B -
Creighton University has incorporated elements of sustainability into its master and strategic plans and employs a sustainability coordinator. The Sustainability Council has worked to develop a green purchasing policy for the university and purchases Energy Star products. Paper purchased by the university contains postconsumer recycled content, and much of it is chlorine free. Each building at Creighton is assigned a liaison from the Sustainability Council to encourage green office practices.
The university has just completed its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory, and since 2005, Creighton has seen a 7 percent reduction in energy consumption per square foot of building space. To reduce energy use, the university has installed an energy management system, economizers, LED lighting, lighting sensors, and energy-efficient lighting. A solar array and a wind turbine produce 5 percent of the campus’s energy.
The university purchases from 15 local farms. Exclusively fair trade coffee is served on campus, and discounts are offered for the use of reusable cups and mugs. To reduce waste, excess food is donated to a homeless shelter and all meals are trayless. A comprehensive recycling program collects traditional materials as well as electronic waste, and a move-out program salvages used items at the end of the year.
All new construction at Creighton is built using LEED standards as a guideline. The university has three buildings that are Green Globes certified and meet LEED Silver criteria. To manage water use, the university has installed dual-flush toilets and low-flow faucets and showerheads. Since 2005, the school has seen an 18 percent reduction in water use per weighted campus user.
New students at Creighton are educated about campus sustainability efforts by their residential assistants and through a zero-waste meal at orientation. The university hosts floor energy challenges annually, and Green Jays, a student group, is focused on increasing awareness of environmental issues on campus.
All 104 vehicles of the campus fleet run on alternative fuels, and 25 percent of students commute to Creighton via environmentally preferable methods. The university offers a free shuttle service on campus and free transportation to downtown areas.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
A member of the school administration determines proxy votes.
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