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Loyola improves green report card

Loyola press release - October 29, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans’ efforts "to go green" have greatly improved, according to a report by the Sustainable Endowments Institute. The institute released its findings this week in the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card, in which Loyola was graded an overall score of B-, up from a C- in 2010.

The aim of the report card is to provide accessible information so that schools may learn from each other's experiences, thereby fostering more effective sustainability policies. The report reviews 52 indicators, from green building initiatives to recycling programs to endowment investment policies, and uses an A to F letter-grading system to evaluate performance.

Loyola boosted its grade from a C to an A in the administration category for buying Energy Star appliances and exclusively using recycled paper for stationary, envelopes, and business cards. It received an A in the “Green Building” category resulting from new construction and renovations on campus meeting Silver LEED Certification or better. Low-flow faucets and showerheads throughout campus and the use of vegetated swales to channel storm water runoff also helped to achieve that grade. The university also raised its rankings in Endowment Transparency, Investment Priorities and Shareholder Engagement. To read the full report, visit http://www.greenreportcard.org/report-card-2011/schools/loyola-university-of-new-orleans.

The university responds to this and other annual national surveys regarding its sustainable operations ratings, including the Princeton Review. The grades received from each are being used to set a baseline for improvement, according to Robert A. Thomas, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Study Group on Campus Sustainability.

In 2008, Loyola formed the Study Group on Campus Sustainability to assess the level of its sustainable operations and offer improvements. The university is involved in several green initiatives which have helped to raise its standings, including:

  • The implementation of a “single stream” recycling effort, allowing an array of items to be placed in one receptacle.
  • Offering the car-sharing program, WeCar, which provides hybrid vehicles for rent to students, faculty and staff enrolled in the program.
  • Partnering with Hollygrove Market & Farm to provide the Loyola community with fresh produce each week.

For a full list of initiatives and activities, visit the Campus Sustainability Group’s site at www.loyno.edu/sustain. For more information, contact Thomas at rathomas@loyno.edu or (504) 865-2107.