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Report Card 2011

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Loyola University Chicago
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Loyola University of Chicago

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Endowment: $320 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: 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.

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Loyola University Chicago has pledged to accomplish 10 out of 12 environmental goals outlined in the Illinois Sustainable University Compact. The Office of University Environmental Sustainability was established in 2008 and employs a full-time director. Sustainability has been incorporated into employee orientation, and departments are encouraged to develop their own green action plans.
The university is targeting a 10 percent reduction in per-credit-hour gas and electricity use by 2014. Loyola is upgrading many of its buildings with energy-efficient technologies, such as energy management systems, heat recovery systems, LED lighting, and lighting sensors. The campus also features solar-powered flashing stop signs, and green IT policies and campaigns to reduce lab energy use are in place.
Dining services purchases exclusively hormone- and antibiotic-free milk, sustainably harvested seafood, and fair trade coffee. All dining halls are trayless and offer a 5 percent discount on coffee drinks when reusable mugs are used. The campus composts or mulches all landscaping waste.
All new construction on campus must meet LEED Silver standards and incorporate green roofs. There are currently two LEED-certified buildings on campus, and many existing buildings are retrofitted or transitioned for alternative use. The university has installed low-flow showerheads, incorporates native drought-tolerant plants in landscaping, and employs stormwater management technologies such as porous pavement and vegetated swales.
Students can choose to live in the Green Learning Community hallway and are presented with a green campus guide during orientation. The university has developed an interdisciplinary course that allows students to advance sustainability on campus and in the community. Numerous student organizations focus on sustainability programs ranging from student green fees to neighborhood lightbulb exchanges to bottled water bans.
Over 40 percent of the campus fleet is electric, and university buses run on biodiesel that is produced on campus. Students and faculty can receive discounts for public transportation passes by participating in the U-Pass and ChicagoCard programs. The Loyola Bike Club reconditioned abandoned bicycles and now runs a free bike-sharing program on campus. Two car-sharing options are also available near campus.
Loyola University Chicago makes a list of all holdings available to trustees and senior administrators and sends the information upon request. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is accessible to the public online.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring, but not currently invested in, community development loan funds.
The Shareholder Advocacy Committee, with three students, three faculty, and three staff, makes proxy voting recommendations. The university also votes proxies according to a set of catholic guidelines.
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