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Report Card 2011

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John Carroll University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Courtesy of John Carroll University

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Endowment: $157 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Cleveland, Ohio


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


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 -
The Sustainability Committee at John Carroll University has worked on a range of initiatives from education and outreach to water conservation. The university's comprehensive green purchasing policy requires procurement of energy-efficient appliances, computers, electronics, and lighting, as well as environmentally friendly cleaning products.
John Carroll reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 22.3 percent from 2005 to 2008, and the university is in the process of developing a formal plan for emissions reduction. Half of campus buildings have been retrofitted with an energy management system to optimize efficiency.
Dining services spends 17 percent of its annual food budget on local items, purchases sustainably harvested seafood, and serves exclusively fair trade coffee. All dining halls are trayless, and the university has completed a food waste audit. The university composts pre- and postconsumer food scraps as well as landscaping waste, and recycles used cooking oil for biodiesel production.
John Carroll has reduced water consumption by installing efficient laundry technology as well as low-flow faucets and showerheads in campus buildings. New vending machines with LED lighting and auto shut-off timers that use 40 percent less energy have also been installed.
New students receive sustainability information on a flash drive and can choose to stay in the Living Simply Community on campus. The Generation Green student group held a World Water Week, raising awareness about bottled water, while the Environmental Issues Group worked on various waste reduction initiatives.
In 2010, using donated bikes from the community, students at John Carroll started a free bike-sharing program for the campus community. The university runs a ride-matching program, offers preferential parking to carpoolers, and runs a free shuttle to off-campus destinations.
John Carroll University makes a list of all holdings available to all members of the school community, including faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and sends the information upon request. The university does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds and commingled funds public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in community development loan funds. The university is exploring endowment investment in renewable energy funds and on-campus energy and water efficiency projects. The university also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The university is unable to vote proxies, as the endowment is almost entirely invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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