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Report Card 2011

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Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge

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Endowment: $555 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


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 +
Louisiana State University has developed a sustainability policy based on good environmental stewardship. The Office of Facility Services-Campus Sustainability monitors emissions and energy efficiency, and develops plans for additional campus sustainability projects. The university has a green purchasing policy that mandates the procurement of Energy Star appliances, and is also developing a program to audit departmental energy use.
To decrease energy use, LSU has constructed a cogeneration plant, implemented temperature setbacks, and installed steam trap systems, gas-fired hydronic heating systems, heat recovery systems, steam line insulation, timers for temperature control, and energy management systems. The university also created several energy reduction programs that include energy monitoring displays and green IT policies.
LSU purchases local produce and milk, serves sustainably harvested seafood, and purchases exclusively hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken and pork. Dining services is trayless and also donates perishable items at the end of each semester. Almost all landscaping waste on campus is mulched or composted, and LSU Property Management receives and redistributes unused materials from campus.
The university has developed a green building policy and is currently home to two buildings that meet LEED criteria. To reduce water use, building water meters and dual-flush toilets have been installed on campus, and porous pavement, retention ponds, and vegetated swales are used to manage stormwater.
The university employs two paid sustainability interns, and the student government has developed a director of sustainability position. In 2010, students participated in Spring Greening Day, where they worked on permanent landscape improvements to 30 sites on campus. Residence halls also reduced energy use by 10 percent during the UNPLUG energy challenge. Numerous student organizations work on campus sustainability issues, from volunteering at oil spill clean-up events to maintaining a community garden and organizing recycling drives.
The campus fleet includes 18 electric vehicles and 53 ethanol-fueled vehicles. LSU provides a free shuttle to off-campus locations; the city bus is free for students; and the university also features a bike rental program. The recently implemented Easy Streets initiative restricts traffic in the core of campus to make it more pedestrian friendly.
The Louisiana State University Foundation makes a list of all holdings available to trustees and senior administrators, and makes only a list of asset allocation available to the public online. The foundation does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The foundation asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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