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Report Card 2010

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University of Louisville
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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B+
University of Louisville

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Endowment: $658 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Louisville, Kentucky

Enrollment: 16,027

Type: Public

 

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 +
The university employs several sustainability staff. The Sustainability Council collaborates with the Partnership for a Green City group and created a purchasing policy, a green building policy, and a proposal for a university sustainability center. The council is developing an energy use plan.
The university completed a carbon emissions inventory and has performed HVAC, lighting, and boiler upgrades. The 50-kilowatt photovoltaic array on the Center for Predictive Medicine is currently the largest in the state. An energy performance contract will be implemented in 2009.
Preference is given to Kentucky-grown products if quality and pricing requirements are met. Food contractors must purchase 15 percent locally grown products. All coffee is fair trade, and the university hopes to begin a trayless program in the future. An online property exchange allows for the direct exchange of surplus items, and residential life holds a Switch and Swap clothing trade.
New buildings costing over $25 million must be designed and submitted for LEED Silver certification, and other campus construction must target LEED Silver standards or the equivalent. Landscaping and irrigation have been designed to conserve water. Low-flow fixtures, a greywater system, and storm water use have reduced consumption of potable water.
A residential life green committee promotes sustainability in residence halls. The GRASS student group partnered with the Student Art League to create a cube display of plastic bottles on a university quad to raise awareness about the consequences of bottled water. The student government has a director of green initiatives. The campus held a Sustainability Art Fair and is constructing a pilot green dorm room.
Electric golf carts reduce the need for fleet vehicles around campus. Public city buses are free to students, faculty, and staff, and the campus master plan aims to enhance pedestrian corridors. Student government is working to develop bicycle repair services, and the university plans to install bike lanes.
The university makes a list of all holdings and a list of votes cast on proxy resolutions only by category available to the public. This information is sent to members of the school community upon request and available to the public through an open records law request.
The university aims to optimize investment return, and the endowment is currently invested in community development loan funds as well as on-campus energy and water efficiency projects. The university is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds or similar investment vehicles.
A portion of the endowment is in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. For separately managed accounts, investment managers handle proxy voting, but the university is currently considering general, written guidelines for managers to follow to vote proxies.
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