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Report Card 2010

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Pepperdine University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Pepperdine University

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Endowment: $633 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Malibu, California

Enrollment: 3,811

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

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.

Overall grade  
B -
Pepperdine's sustainability policy emphasizes its commitment to managing resources in a responsible manner. The university employs a Center for Sustainability director and coordinator, as well as 12 other staff members who work part-time on issues related to campus sustainability. The university purchases Energy Star-certified appliances and Green Seal-certified cleaning products. All janitorial products are made from 100 percent recycled materials.
Pepperdine will complete a greenhouse gas emissions assessment by fall 2009. The university has performed retrofits on campus buildings to improve energy efficiency. A campus-wide energy audit was also completed in June 2009, and further energy-saving techniques will be implemented based on this information.
Pepperdine's dining services purchases some hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and dairy products as well as fair trade coffee. The overall campus diversion rate is 78 percent, and dining services has achieved a diversion rate of 93 percent. The university also recycles 95 percent of its landscape waste as compost or mulch.
Pepperdine has installed energy-efficient windows and lighting. The university also uses an energy management system that incorporates energy-saving techniques, chiller water cooling, and gas-fired hydronic heating systems. Water-saving and dual-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads, and water-saving sinks have also been installed.
Founded in 2008, the GreenTeam works with the Center for Sustainability to make Pepperdine a more sustainable institution. Pepperdine also offers three paid student internships. Orientation includes information about sustainability at the university.
Pepperdine subsidizes bus passes for faculty and staff and holds monthly drawings for faculty and staff who carpool. The university provides free transportation around campus and to local destinations and has a car-sharing program. The campus fleet includes hybrid and electric vehicles.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to all members of the school community, including faculty, staff, students, and alumni. This information is available on a password-protected website, is sent to individuals upon request, and is available at the investment office. The university does not make the shareholder voting record of its commingled funds public.
The university aims to optimize investment return and currently has renewable energy investments through a number of funds. Pepperdine's real-estate managers look for environmental/sustainability factors in existing investments or as part of value-added strategies.
The university does not have the ability to vote proxies, as the whole endowment is invested in commingled vehicles and benchmark passive investments.
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