Annual UofL Sustainability Reports
FY 2017-18 Sustainability Milestones for UofL
- UofL received certification as a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly University 2017-2021 from the League of American Bicyclists.
- UofL ranked #51 in Sierra Club's 2017 Cool Schools list, highest in Kentucky.
- UofL featured in the 2017 Princeton Review Guide to 375 Green Colleges, with a Green Rating of 93 out of 99.
- Achieved Tree Campus USA status from the Arbor Day Foundation for the 8th year running.
- UofL's 2017 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report documented emissions increased 11% in 2017.
- Committee on Investor Responsibility launched Student Sustainability Fund & Philanthropy Program.
- UofL launched interdisciplinary baccalaureate degree in Sustainability in Dept. of Urban & Public Affairs
- UofL graduated very first Interdisciplinary Masters in Sustainability degree recipient, Betsy Ruhe.
- UofL adopted a new Life Cycle Cost Analysis policy as reflected in all RFPs.
Download UofL Sustainability Annual Reports here
- UofL Sustainability Council FY 2017-2018 Report
- UofL Sustainability Council FY 2016-2017 Report
- UofL Sustainability Council FY 2013-2014 Report
- UofL Sustainability Council FY 2012-2013 Report
- UofL Sustainability Council FY 2011-2012 Report
- UofL Sustainability Council FY 2010-2011 Report
- UofL Sustainability Council FY 2009-2010 Report
- UofL Sustainability Council 2008 Annual Report
Other UofL Sustainability Reports
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Yet this is no time to rest on our laurels. In fact, the most important finding of this inventory is that renewed investment will be required to make further progress and to meet our targets.
- Taking 6,321 cars off the road, or 72,348,039 miles of driving, or 3,321,481 gallons of gasoline burned;
- 10,285 tons (or 1,471 garbage trucks) of waste recycled instead of landfilled;
- Emission from 3,187 average U.S. homes’ annual energy use;
- 161 rail cars worth of coal burned;
- 987,885 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs; or the
- Carbon sequestered by 34,768 acres of U.S. forests in one year (or 764,993 tree seedlings grown for 10 years).
While this reduction is important and laudable, this is no time for complacency. We must remain vigilant, committed, and willing to invest resources in order maintain our progress and to ensure a sustained effort toward our ultimate goal of climate neutrality by 2050. We must continue to invest in emissions reduction, to innovate solutions that work in our unique urban setting, and to prioritize efficiency, behavior change, transportation alternatives and renewable energy.
The most important steps that UofL needs to take in the near-term are:
- Reduce driving through a Transportation Demand Management Plan that invests in and incentivizes alternatives, caps parking, & transitions UofL from highly subsidized annual permits to market-rate, pay-per-use parking.
- Invest in large-scale renewable energy, behavior change, and energy efficiency measures beyond the scope of the existing performance contract.
- Explore carbon offsetting and sequestration solutions that would benefit our campus, community, and region.
The reductions we’ve been able to achieve over the years have occurred in spite of the continued growth of our university in terms of budget, employees, students, land, and building space. We've documented reductions across the board in terms of emissions per student, per capita, per square foot of building space, and per dollar of operating budget.
For earlier trends, see our:
2016 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report
- 2015 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
- 2013 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
- 2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
- Our first benchmark Greenhouse Gas Emissions Baseline Inventory (2006-2008) (released in September 2009).
- On September 15, 2010, UofL released its Climate Action Plan, a comprehensive roadmap for achieving this goal. A summary of the Plan and a link to the full document can be found here. The Sustainability Council coordinates UofL's Climate Action Planning as well as the reporting of our greenhouse gas emissions.
- On February 13, 2016, UofL reached a major milestone in our on-going efforts to advance sustainability by achieving a STARS Gold rating (65.19%) in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System developed by AASHE (the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education). This is the primary tool used by the Sustainability Council to measure our progress..
- On February 6, 2013, UofL achieved a STARS Silver rating (58.29%).
- On January 24, 2011, UofL achieved its first STARS rating: STARS Silver (50.11%).
- Check out Annual Reports from the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center at UofL.