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Report Card 2011

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Duquesne University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Duquesne University

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Endowment: $121 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


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.

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Duquesne University has two committees working to advance sustainability on campus. Environmental objectives are included in the school's strategic plan, and a website outlining the university's sustainability activities is available. The university purchases 30 percent postconsumer recycled paper, and over 80 percent of cleaning products used on campus meet third party environmental standards.
Duquesne has a cogeneration plant on campus that meets approximately 80 percent of its electricity needs and purchases the remainder of its electricity through renewable energy credits. The university also maintains an ice storage facility that helps cool buildings by producing chilled water in off-peak hours.
To reduce waste, dining services recycles all of its fryer oil for conversion into biodiesel fuel. The university switched to bulk condiment dispensers and replaced foam plates with reusable ones in one retail eatery. The residential dining program went trayless in 2008. Duquesne has launched a campaign to educate students on recycling rules.
Duquesne has committed to achieving LEED certification for all new construction projects. The campus has one LEED Silver building, and the Duquesne Union renovation earned LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors. The university has installed lighting and control upgrades in 14 buildings and reflective coatings on roofs to reduce heating and cooling needs. In addition, 75 percent of construction and demolition waste was diverted when the Duquesne Union was renovated. Water conservation technology in residence halls has reduced usage by 20,000 gallons since 2005.
Master’s degree students at Duquesne's Center for Environmental Research and Education played a large role in completing two greenhouse gas emissions inventories for the school. Students from the MBA sustainability program work with local organizations to evaluate their sustainability practices. Students have been involved in promoting green living and environmental awareness through a variety of efforts, including monthly neighborhood cleanups sponsored by the student organization Evergreen. Students have also volunteered to complete an inventory of local biodiversity.
Duquesne partners with a car-sharing program, and the university is investigating alternative transportation methods that are suitable for its community members, as well as environmentally friendly, including a shuttle bus service to local neighborhoods.
The university has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record.
The university is actively investigating, with third-party consultants, the feasibility of on-campus sustainability investments such as the installation of solar panels and green roofs. The university invests in a community-based venture capital fund, which supports local technology start-up companies poised for growth.
The college has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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