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Report Card 2011

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Loyola University Maryland
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Loyola College

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Endowment: $123 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Baltimore, Maryland


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: No

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.

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Loyola University Maryland incorporates sustainability into its master plan and strategic plan through the Jesuit concept of justice, defined in part as the duty to protect the global environment. The Office of Sustainability was created in 2010, and a departmental sustainability liaison program encourages employee behavioral change. Loyola purchases exclusively Energy Star appliances and lighting, as well as EPEAT-certified computers.
In January 2009, the president's cabinet approved Loyola's first energy management plan. The university also participates in the Emergency Load Response Program along with other area colleges. Numerous energy conservation measures have been incorporated, including temperature setbacks, LED lighting, and vending machine sensors. Loyola has also installed a geothermal energy system in Flannery O'Connor Hall and solar panels on the roof of Butler Hall.
Loyola spends over 55 percent of its food budget on local products and also purchases organic produce, free-range chicken, and grass-fed beef. All coffee served on campus is fair trade. Dining services is starting a composting program in fall 2010 and also sends leftover food to nearby shelters on a weekly basis. The campus has a single-stream recycling program and reduces move-out waste through a donation program called the Good Stuff Campaign.
Eighty percent of the materials used to construct the university's first green building, Flannery O'Connor Hall, were sourced from within a 500-mile radius. The building features structural beams made of 90 percent recycled steel and a green roof. The university has installed water-conserving laundry technology and low-flow faucets and showerheads in all of its buildings, and manages stormwater through porous pavement and vegetated swales.
Loyola covers sustainability issues in new student orientation and employs one paid student sustainability intern. A group of Loyola students from the Environmental Action Coalition attended a national climate activism summit last year.
Loyola has two electric vehicles in its fleet. The university runs an on-campus shuttle system and is a sponsor of the Baltimore Colltown shuttle system. An online ride-matching site is available for use by campus community members.
The university has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and has not made any public statements about investigating or investing the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The university has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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