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Report Card 2009

Loyola University Chicago
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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Loyola University of Chicago

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 Grade higher than last year

 

Endowment: $373 million as of June 30, 2007

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Enrollment: 13,909

Type: Private

 

Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: Yes

Endowment Survey: Yes

 

Data compiled from independent research and survey responses from schools. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology section.

 
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Loyola University of Chicago has signed the Illinois Sustainable University Compact, which pledges the university to accomplish several sustainability goals by 2010. The university has a Green Campus Council, and is planning to hire a sustainability coordinator.
The university has performed lighting and window retrofits across campus, and has invested in energy-efficient equipment such as high-efficiency boilers and chillers. A solar electric pilot project has been installed on the roof of the Lake Shore Campus Library.
Loyola dining purchases fair trade coffee from a local vendor. The university recycles a traditional range of products and plans to upgrade the recycling program in 2009.
As part of the Illinois Sustainable University Compact, the university pledges that all new buildings will be LEED-certified. Sustainable design on campus features several green roofs and the university plans to replace the entire campus road system with water-permeable paving materials within five years.
There is a Student Environmental Alliance on campus, and students have voted to fund residence hall water conservation measures with monies from student activities fees.
The Illinois Sustainable Universities Compact requires Loyola to promote sustainable transportation options. All students receive transit passes for use on Chicago Transportation Authority buses and trains. The university partners with a car-sharing company to provide service on campus.
The university makes a list of endowment holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and members of its Shareholder Advocacy Committee as needed. This information is available in the investment office. The university's shareholder voting record is available to the public and accessible online.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds or similar investment vehicles.
Proxies are voted by the university according to a set of Catholic proxy voting guidelines. The Shareholder Advocacy Committee, consisting of three faculty, three staff, and three students may recommend votes deviating from the guidelines if deemed necessary.
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