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Report Card 2011

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Pepperdine University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Pepperdine University

School details:

Endowment: $513 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Malibu, 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 -
Pepperdine University’s sustainability policy expresses a commitment to managing resources in a responsible manner. The university employs two full-time staff in the Center for Sustainability who are responsible for managing campus sustainability programs and educating the local community. Energy Star and EPEAT computers are purchased by the university.
The university completed its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory in fall 2009. Pepperdine has conducted campus-wide energy audits and, to reduce energy use, has installed energy management systems, economizers, variable speed drives, and energy-efficient lighting in 90 percent of buildings.
Beef, pork, and chicken purchased by dining services is hormone and antibiotic free. The university sources vegetables, fruit, grains and beans, poultry, seafood, and granola from local growers and processors. Fifteen vegan meals are served each week, and seafood purchases are informed by sustainability guidelines. Excess food is donated, and a food waste audit has been completed.
The university evaluates each building project for potential incorporation of sustainable building practices. To manage water use, dual-flush toilets, a greywater system, and low-flow faucets and showerheads have been installed. Non-potable water is used for 99 percent of campus irrigation, and xeriscaping and weather-informed irrigation technologies are utilized.
The sustainability practices of the university are discussed during campus tours with prospective students. New student orientation includes discussion of sustainable practices, an introduction to the Center for Sustainability, and a video on the university’s recycling program. Pepperdine offers three office-based sustainability internships to students each year.
Nearly half of students and 15 percent of faculty and staff commute to campus via environmentally preferable methods. Pepperdine subsidizes bus passes for faculty and staff by 50 percent. In addition, students, faculty, and staff who carpool are provided preferential parking throughout campus.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to all members of the school community, including faculty, staff, students, and alumni. This information is available on a password-protected website, at the investment office, or is sent to individuals upon request. The university does not make the shareholder voting record of its commingled funds public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and currently has renewable energy investments through a number of funds. Pepperdine's real estate managers look for environmental/sustainability factors in existing investments or as part of value-added strategies.
The university is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in commingled vehicles and benchmark passive investments.
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