Implementation Profile for University of Louisville
Submitted on November 12, 2008; last updated on December 7, 2012
|Basic Carnegie Classification||RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity)|
|Community Setting||Large city|
|USDOE Climate Zone||4|
|Current President or Chancellor's Name||James R Ramsey|
|Current President or Chancellor's Title||President|
|Main Web Site||http://louisville.edu/|
|Sustainability Web Site||http://louisville.edu/sustainability|
|Implementation Liaison's Name||Justin M Mog|
|Implementation Liaison's Title||Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives|
|Implementation Liaison's Department||Office of the Provost|
|Format of Structure||Committee|
|Number of Individuals in Structure||82|
|Stakeholder Groups Represented||Faculty, Students, Executive, Staff|
|Description||In 2008, the Provost appointed a Sustainability Council reporting to the Provost and President. The Council includes representation by faculty, administrators, staff, and students. The Provost also appoints members to the Council's three subordinate committees: Operations, Education & Research, and Administration, Finance & Outreach.|
1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.
Yes: Pursuant to KRS 56.770-784 and the recently filed administrative regulations, 200 KAR 6:070 High Performance Building Standards, construction and major renovation projects at UofL must adhere to new criteria in the design and construction of such projects. This new criteria is based on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System for New Construction and Major Renovation 2009 standards, as adopted by the U.S. Green Building Council. More at: http://louisville.edu/updc/sustainability
2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.
Yes: University of Louisville has a Green Purchasing Policy at http://louisville.edu/purchasing/sustainability/greenpolicy.html which includes the purchase of Energy Star products.
3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.
No: No information provided.
4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.
Yes: As part of the university's shuttle contract with the Transit Authority of River City since 1999, all students, faculty and staff receive free access to Louisville's entire public transportation system for free at all times. Use of this free service is widely publicized and encouraged, including at new employee and student orientations and through our website: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/operations/transportation.html.
5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.
No: The goal laid out in our Climate Action Plan is to produce at least 20% of our power from renewable sources by 2020 (twelve years after signing the ACUPCC).
6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.
Yes: These concerns are handled by UofL's Committee on Socially Responsible Investing. The mission of the committee, according to the charge letter from the University Provost dated November 12, 2010, is as follows: "[The University-wide Committee on Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)] will make recommendations to the President and [Provost] on financially, socially and environmentally responsible investment opportunities across asset classes and will make other related recommendations as appropriate, including proxy voting. The Committee will have multi-stakeholder representation and provide a structure for fostering dialogue on investment opportunities, to help the UofL Foundation make responsible investments that ensure financial health for UofL while promoting sustainability in the wider world. The Committee will seek investment opportunities that compliment the University’s mission, its resource requirements, and its commitment to sustainability."
7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.
UofL has a wide variety of waste minimization measures, including chemical waste minimization, unwanted mail reduction, materials reuse programs, and packaging provisions in our Green Purchasing Policy. These measures are summarized here: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/operations/solid-waste-management.html.