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Report Card 2011

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University of Notre Dame
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Notre Dame

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Endowment: $5,530 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Notre Dame, Indiana


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 +
The Energy and Environmental Issues Committee has approved multiple new sustainability initiatives, including the creation of a green labs energy conservation program. The sustainability office employs three full-time staff. The university regularly purchases Energy Star appliances, EPEAT-certified electronics, and environmentally preferable paper products. A $2 million revolving loan fund and the alumni Eco-Fund help pay for on-campus sustainability projects.
Notre Dame has reduced greenhouse gas emissions 16 percent since 2008. Building energy consumption has decreased since 2005 through the use of efficiency measures such as cogeneration, energy management systems, and lighting upgrades. A solar array and microturbine generate renewable energy, and initiatives such as awareness campaigns, Green IT policies, and dashboard displays for buildings encourage members of the campus community to conserve energy.
Dining services spends 45 percent of its food budget on local products, and sources vegetables from an on-campus garden. Fair trade coffee is available in all dining locations, and students receive discounts and prizes for using reusable mugs and bags. The university recycles electronics in addition to traditional materials and diverted 68.4 tons of a waste from the landfill during the Old-2-Gold end-of-semester collection.
All buildings are constructed to exceed state efficiency standards by 25 percent. Geddes and Ryan Halls are LEED Gold certified. Water conservation measures include the use of weather-informed irrigation and the installation of low-flow water fixtures and dual-flush toilets. The university manages stormwater through vegetated swales.
The student group GreeND directs seven subcommittees that focus on energy and the environment, including Recyclin' Irish and the Sustainability Commissioners. Sustainability is incorporated into student orientation through a video series, speakers, and table displays.
Notre Dame operates a free shuttle service around campus and partners with the local transit system to provide free trolley and bus service to off-campus destinations. The university partners with a car-sharing program and offers preferable parking for low-emissions vehicles. The university fleet includes 11 gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles.
The university makes only asset allocation information available on the school website to the public. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is available at the investment office to all members of the school community.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is invested in community development loan funds and renewable energy funds. The university also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The investment committee, consisting of two administrators and fifteen trustees, deliberates and makes decisions on proxy votes.
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