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Report Card 2011

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Loyola University of New Orleans
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Loyola University of New Orleans

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Endowment: $257 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: New Orleans, 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  
B -
Sustainability is embodied in the Jesuit values of Loyola University New Orleans' master and strategic plans. The university buys Energy Star appliances, and the print shop purchases exclusively recycled paper for stationary, envelopes, and business cards.
Loyola is in the process of completing a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and has installed several energy efficiency technologies on campus, including a cogeneration facility, building metering, lighting sensors, and energy management systems.
Dining services sources food from an on-campus garden and serves exclusively fair trade coffee. Loyola provides only recycled and biodegradable disposable dishware and offers discounts for using a reusable bag or mug. The chemistry department generates biodiesel from waste cooking oil and then donates it to local nonprofits. The university also runs collection drives for unwanted items during student move-out.
All new construction and major renovations must be LEED certified. Two buildings under renovation are expected to meet LEED Silver standards. Low-flow faucets and showerheads have been installed throughout campus, and Loyola manages stormwater through the use of vegetated swales.
First-year students can choose to live and learn together during seminars in the Self and the Environment thematic cluster. The student government has a committee dedicated to sustainability, and the Loyola Association of Students for Sustainability is developing a dining hall composting program and raising awareness about the impact of plastic bottles.
Loyola runs a shuttle between campuses and to off-campus destinations and has also eliminated all parking from the campus core. The university features a bike rental program and partners with a car-sharing program that offers only hybrid vehicles.
The university makes a list of asset allocation and external managers available to trustees and senior administrators. Loyola does not make its shareholder voting record public.
Loyola aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds. The university is exploring, but not currently invested in, community development loan funds, and uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The university provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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