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Report Card 2011

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University of Louisville
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Louisville

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Endowment: $682 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Louisville, Kentucky


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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The University of Louisville incorporates sustainability into the campus master plan and strategic plan and has developed a green purchasing policy for appliances, cleaning products, and paper. The university collaborates with the city on sustainability initiatives through the Partnership for a Green City, and the Sustainability Council has launched programs to engage the campus community and promote transportation alternatives.
U of L has pledged to reduce its carbon footprint by eliminating the use of coal on campus. The university has installed several energy efficiency technologies, such as economizers and energy management systems, and has implemented temperature setbacks. The university has also installed a solar hot water system and two pilot photovoltaic arrays.
The university recently established an on-campus organic garden and also hosts a farmers market and CSAs. Dining services purchases more than 30 percent of its food from local sources and serves exclusively fair trade coffee and organic teas. The campus began a composting program in 2010, operates a single-stream recycling program, and composts or mulches all landscaping waste. A limited printing program is in place, and a used materials swap is held at the end of each semester.
All new construction with budgets in excess of $25 million, as well as major renovations exceeding $600,000, must be built to meet LEED Silver standards. There are currently two LEED Gold-certified buildings on campus. The university also strives to adapt existing buildings for alternative use and has begun to install low-flow faucets and showerheads in some buildings.
U of L has constructed a pilot green dorm and runs an eco-reps program. A sustainability art show on campus showcases the usefulness of found objects. The GRASS student group held a tap-water tasting event and volunteered to clean up local parks. A new student government position, director of sustainability, has recently been created.
Beginning this year, university-owned buses will use biodiesel generated from used cooking oil by the Speed Engineering School. Shuttle service and public transportation is free for students, faculty, and staff.
The University of Louisville Foundation makes a list of all holdings available to the public per open records law and sends the information upon request.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in community development loan funds and renewable energy funds. Investment policy provisions that consider environmental and sustainability factors are currently under consideration.
The foundation is unable to vote proxies for the portion of the endowment that is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. For separately managed accounts, investment managers primarily handle proxy voting with recommendations from the Administration and Finance Subcommittee of the Sustainability Council.
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