Annual Reports

Annual reports summarizing sustainability initiatives at UofL are produced at the end of each fiscal year.

Annual UofL Sustainability Reports

The UofL Sustainability Council FY 2017-2018 Report  highlights progress in sustainability across the university from July 2017 through June 2018. Download the full report here.

FY 2017-18 Sustainability Milestones for UofL

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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).

    UofL Greenhouse Gas Emissions SourcesWhile 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:

    1. 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.
    2. Invest in large-scale renewable energy, behavior change, and energy efficiency measures beyond the scope of the existing performance contract.
    3. Explore carbon offsetting and sequestration solutions that would benefit our campus, community, and region.

    UofL Greenhouse Gas Emissions per capitaThe 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:

  • 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.