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Report Card 2011

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DePaul University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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DePaul University

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Endowment: $284 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Chicago, Illinois


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  
C +
The Sustainability Initiatives Task Force has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, improved the campus's bike accessibility, and installed water and energy efficiency upgrades. The task force is also working on writing a procurement policy and encouraging responsible investing. All computers are EPEAT certified, and the university purchases recycled office paper.
DePaul has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions 11 percent since 2005. To reduce its energy use, the university has implemented a number of conservation strategies, including temperature setbacks, energy management systems, and efficient lighting in all buildings. Energy reduction competitions are held between departments.
Eleven percent of the food served in DePaul's dining halls is locally grown or raised. All milk and pork is hormone and antibiotic free. The dining halls also feature free-range eggs and chicken and grass-fed beef. Exclusively fair trade coffee is served on campus. There is a compost program in the environmental science building. Students' unwanted items are donated during move-out, and unused campus furniture is donated or swapped.
All upcoming construction will be designed to be LEED certified. The environmental science building is LEED Gold certified and it features a green roof to manage stormwater. Three buildings on campus have been adapted for another use rather than being demolished. To reduce water use, the university has installed efficient laundry machines, water metering, and low-flow fixtures in nearly all buildings.
The university hosts an annual dorm energy competition to encourage students to reduce their electricity use. Students in the Environmental Concerns Organization educate members of the DePaul community about sustainable living. The student government also works to improve sustainability on campus.
There are two hybrid vehicles and two ethanol-fueled vehicles in the campus fleet. Nearly all students are given passes to local public transportation. To promote bicycle use, new bike parking has been installed, and a bike rental service has been established. During the Car-Free Challenge, faculty and students pledged not to use their cars for a week. The master plan prohibits vehicles from the center of campus.
The university makes a list of all holdings available on a password-protected website to all members of the school community, including faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The university does not make its shareholder voting record or the voting record of its mutual funds public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and utilizes community development and other locally based banks within its working capital portfolio.
The majority of the endowment is in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. For the remaining portion of the endowment, DePaul provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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