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Report Card 2011

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Loyola Marymount University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Loyola Marymount University

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Endowment: $293 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Los Angeles, California


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 +
Loyola Marymount University has incorporated a commitment to energy efficiency and water conservation into its master plan. The Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Committee recently finalized plans for an environmental science minor and installed water filtration systems on campus to reduce reliance on bottled water. The university also employs a full-time sustainability coordinator and purchases exclusively recycled envelopes, napkins, business cards, and office paper.
Loyola Marymount has made a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050 and employs many energy efficiency technologies, such as temperature setbacks, system tune-ups, economizers, and energy management systems. The university also produces 6 percent of its power with roof-top solar panels and has installed four solar hot water systems. In addition, Loyola Marymount purchases 24 percent of its power from renewable sources.
Dining services purchases local and organic produce and serves sustainably harvested fish and exclusively hormone- and antibiotic-free milk. All locations are trayless and offer recycled or biodegradable utensils and dishware. The university diverts 56 percent of waste from landfills, recycles used cooking oil, and mulches or composts all landscaping waste.
Loyola Marymount has committed to LEED Silver standards for all new campus construction. Three buildings on campus are LEED certified, and another is under review for certification. The university has installed leak detection technology, low-flow faucets and showerheads, and weather-informed irrigation that uses non-potable water. Drollinger Parking Plaza features a green roof.
The university employs one paid student sustainability intern and participates annually in RecycleMania. The Environmentally Conscious and Organized student group campaigned to improve composting on campus, and the LMU Lights Out group roams buildings at night to turn off lights that are not in use.
LMU's fleet includes 145 electric golf carts. The university offers ride-matching and preferable parking for carpoolers and partners with a car-sharing program. Loyola Marymount also operates a free shuttle to off-campus locations.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees and senior administrators, and also makes information about asset allocation available online to the public. Loyola Marymount does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds and commingled funds public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and is currently invested in renewable energy funds and is exploring endowment investment in on-campus sustainability projects and community development loan funds. The university also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The university is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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