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Report Card 2008

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Illinois Institute of Technology
College Sustainability Report Card 2008

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Illinois Institute of Technology

School details:

Endowment: $338 million as of June 30, 2007

Location: Chicago, Illinois


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
According to its sustainability principles, the Illinois Institute of Technology strives for zero waste through conservation and reinvestment of cost-reduction savings into continual improvement. However, the institute does not have an active sustainability council, nor has it hired staff charged with overseeing sustainability initiatives on campus.
Two new higher efficiency boilers will reduce emissions and the beginning phase of an HVAC modernization project has just been completed. In April 2006, and again in March 2007, the institute received a grant to reduce electrical usage on campus through lighting retrofits. The institute has begun replacing all lights on the main campus to make them more energy efficient. Occupancy sensors will be installed throughout campus.
In 2005, the institute introduced a recycling program; in the past year, the program diverted approximately 160 tons of paper material. In the fall of 2007, the program will be expanded to include other recyclables, including glass, cans, and batteries. The recycling effort is projected to reduce landfill waste by about 750 cubic yards per year.
The institute has no known green building policy, but has incorporated some green building principles into new construction and renovations. A 135,000-square-foot chemistry building was retrofitted in 2005 and was designated for LEED certification. Landscaping around Crown Hall is projected to help reduce energy expended on cooling the building. Approximately 90,000 square feet is being added to a residence village with a strong emphasis on LEED elements.
The institute provides shuttles between campuses and other locations. The Transit Program allows employees to deduct transit costs from their pre-tax earnings. The institute’s main campus also participates in the I-Go car-sharing program.
The institute has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record. Therefore, there is no known ability to access this information.
The institute aims to optimize investment return and has not made any public statements about investigating or investing in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The institute has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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