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Report Card 2011

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University of California–Los Angeles
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of California–Los Angeles

School details:

Endowment: $1,093 million as of March 31, 2010

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  
The University of California–Los Angeles has a formal sustainability policy and has included components of sustainability into their master plan. The university employs a full-time sustainability coordinator and four additional full-time staff members devoted to campus sustainability. Three administrative committees also oversee environmental initiatives. UCLA's Green Initiative Fund annually provides $200,000 for student-initiated sustainability projects.
UCLA has reduced per-square-foot greenhouse gas emissions 18 percent from 1990 levels and is committed to reduce total emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The university produces 4.9 percent of its electricity needs using reclaimed landfill gases to power an on-site cogeneration facility. To decrease energy use, UCLA has installed energy efficient bulbs and energy management systems in campus buildings.
Dining services purchases herbs from an on-campus, student-run organic farm. Only cage-free eggs and hormone- and antibiotic-free milk are served in the dining halls, and 77 percent of seafood purchases meet sustainability guidelines. Food scraps are composted at 85 percent of meals, and in addition to recycling traditional materials, UCLA has an electronics recycling program.
All new construction at UCLA must be at least LEED Silver certified. The campus includes two LEED Silver-certified buildings, one building that meets LEED Gold standards, eight that meet LEED Silver standards, and six that meet LEED Certified standards. To conserve water, the university has installed dual-flush toilets and low-flow faucets and showerheads around campus.
The Sustainability/Green Theme Community is a hallway that allows students to explore ways they can lead more sustainable lifestyles. As of summer 2010, all new students will receive a guide to living green at UCLA. B Green, one of 13 environmentally focused student groups, recently secured a $176,000 grant from UCLA's The Green Initiative Fund for the installation of solar panels on the student union.
UCLA runs a vanpool program and offers discounted parking passes to commuters who carpool or drive electric vehicles. The university operates a free shuttle system, with buses that run on natural gas, that takes students around campus and to nearby destinations. A bike rental program is also available. Seventy-five percent of students and 47 percent of staff and faculty commute to campus via environmentally preferable methods.
The UCLA Foundation makes a list of all holdings available online to the public. The foundation does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The foundation asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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