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Report Card 2010

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Catholic University of America
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Catholic University of America

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Endowment: $211 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Washington, District of Columbia

Enrollment: 6,993

Type: Private


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

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The university has a campus environmental committee, and there is a faculty adviser for the Green Club. Sustainability initiatives are addressed by utilities and energy staff.
The university continuously installs energy-saving technologies and has purchased renewable energy credits to offset 30 percent of its energy use.
The university has a successful discount program for customers who use reusable cups, and the campus convenience store sells reusable shopping bags, as well as offers customers a discount when using them. The university is taking steps to decrease waste by using biodegradable trash can liners and buying in bulk to reduce packaging. A dining services manager also serves on the CUA Green Club in order to collaborate on student sustainability efforts. CUA finished 66th out of 500 universities and colleges in the Recycelmania competition last spring.
CUA has constructed the first LEED compliant residence hall in the District of Columbia which opened for occupancy in January 2009.
Students will participate in an energy reduction competition in fall 2009. Students address sustainability issues as part of the CUA Green Club.
The university offers public transportation subsidies as well as a campus shuttle service.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to the public at the investment office. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
A member of the university administration determines proxy votes.
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