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Report Card 2011

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Valparaiso University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Valparaiso University

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Endowment: $158 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Valparaiso, Indiana


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  
C +
Valparaiso University's Campus Master Planning Committee includes a subcommittee dedicated to sustainability issues. The subcommittee has worked to integrate a sustainability focus into the latest campus master plan and also conducts research and outreach to promote resource and energy conservation. The university's purchasing policy encourages the use of energy-efficient lighting and appliances.
The university is in the process of conducting its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory and has already achieved an 8 percent reduction in building energy consumption since 2005. Recent building retrofits include the installation of energy management systems, high-efficiency lighting, and temperature control timers.
Dining services purchases some fair trade coffee and bananas and offers biodegradable to-go containers. One residence hall is piloting a composting program. The university operates a surplus furniture store year round and recycles electronics and automotive parts in addition to traditional materials.
The university designs all new construction to meet LEED Silver standards, and five campus buildings meet such standards. Water-saving technologies on campus include waterless urinals, high-efficiency washing machines, and low-flow toilets, showerheads and faucets.
The Earthtones student group promotes recycling and waste reduction on campus. Resident assistants give sustainability presentations during new student orientation, and incoming students are connected with opportunities to become active in campus sustainability efforts.
In order to maintain a pedestrian- and bike-friendly environment, the university prohibits traffic through the center of campus, has eliminated most on-street parking, and does not issue parking permits to residential students. A late-night shuttle provides transportation around campus and to local destinations, and the university is in the process of converting its gas-powered vans to electric models.
The university makes a list of mutual funds and cash holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. The university does not make the shareholder voting record of its commingled funds public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The university is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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