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Report Card 2009

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Fairfield University
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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Fairfield University

School details:

Endowment: $269 million as of June 30, 2007

Location: Fairfield, Connecticut

Enrollment: 5,060

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes

Dining Survey: Yes

Endowment Survey: No


Data compiled from independent research and survey responses from schools. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology  section.

Overall grade  
C -
President von Arx signed the Presidents Climate Commitment. Sustainability efforts at the university are guided by the Environmental Steering Committee, which consists of faculty, staff, and students. A website details the university's sustainability efforts.
The university is pursuing energy efficiency with its new combined heat and power plant. The plant will produce as much as 85 percent of the university's heating and cooling requirements and will decrease the university's carbon emissions by more than 10,000 metric tons per year. The university has replaced 7,700 fluorescent light fixtures with energy-efficient lamps and 800 exit signs with LED models.
Fairfield purchases local dairy products, fair trade coffee, and some organic produce and bakery items. A discount is given on beverages purchased with a reusable mug. The university is in the final stages of a grant proposal for a compactor that will turn food service waste into compost for campus use.
The new Kelley Center was furnished with carpet tiles, access flooring, structural steel, and ceiling tiles made from recycled materials. It also features energy-saving up-lighting and an under-floor air system. The new Fairfield Jesuit Community Center will feature a geothermal heating and cooling system.
The Student Environmental Association is active at Fairfield. The group has organized campaigns such as Change a Light, Change the World, which advocates switching to energy-efficient lighting, and the Go Dolan! dorm recycling contest.
The director of maintenance and the university fire marshal both drive hybrid vehicles. The university is exploring the possibility of replacing current buses with hydrogen-powered buses, as well as fueling food service delivery vehicles with biodiesel made from used cooking oil. Employees who carpool to work are exempt from the annual parking fee and the university is in the early stages of exploring a bike rental/purchase option for students.
The university has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record.
The university 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 university has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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