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Report Card 2011

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Marquette University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Marquette University

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Endowment: $326 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

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.

Overall grade  
B -
Marquette University’s Sustainability Task Force includes four subcommittees devoted to recycling, utilities, procurement, and building. The university employs a full-time sustainability officer and regularly purchases Energy Star appliances, EPEAT-certified computers, and environmentally preferable paper products.
Marquette has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 4 percent since 2007 and has decreased energy consumption through measures such as HVAC system upgrades and the installation of energy-efficient lighting and variable speed drives. Green IT policies and campaigns such as the Chill Out! Webinar encourage students, faculty, and staff to reduce their carbon footprint.
Dining services purchases local and organic food items, sustainably harvested seafood, and fair trade coffee, chocolate, tea, and sugar. Disposable dishware used on campus is biodegradable, and a beverage discount is offered for using a reusable mug. Electronics are recycled in addition to traditional materials, and move-in and move-out waste reduction initiatives are in place.
Zilber and McCabe Halls are LEED certified, and six other buildings on campus meet LEED standards but are not yet certified. Marquette has reduced its annual water consumption by more than 18 million gallons since 2005 through efforts such as the installation of low-flow faucets and showerheads, dual-flush toilets, and water-saving laundry machines.
The student group Marquette University = Energy Efficiency runs a residence hall energy saving competition, and Students for an Environmentally Active Campus has worked with the university administration to bring single-stream recycling to campus. The student government hosted its first student-inspired Green Week in 2010.
Through the UPASS and Easy Pass programs, Marquette provides students with full discounts, and employees with partial discounts, on local public transportation. Ninety-five percent of the student body travels to campus via environmentally preferable methods, and reserved parking is offered to carpoolers. The Department of Public Safety’s LIMO program transports students to and from off-campus locations at select times, and a student engineering team is currently retrofitting one of the fleet's gas-powered vans into an electric vehicle.
The university makes only asset allocation information available at the investment office to the public. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is made available at the investment office to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds. The university is also exploring investment in community development loan funds and on-campus sustainability projects.
The university provides its investment managers with specific guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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