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Report Card 2009

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Illinois Institute of Technology
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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Illinois Institute of Technology

School details:

Endowment: $297 million as of May 31, 2008

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Enrollment: 6,378

Type: Private

 

Campus Survey: Yes

Dining Survey: No

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  
D
In June 2008, the Illinois Institute of Technology hired a director of campus energy and sustainability. The director's first task is to create a sustainability vision and policy document for the institute, which will be adopted in fall 2008.
IIT recently received a grant to improve the electrical utility infrastructure on campus and create the nation’s first smart grid, which would improve the efficiency and stability of the electricity system on campus. IIT has cut its carbon dioxide emissions by more than 12 million pounds annually by installing two efficient boilers in their steam heat system.
IIT currently collects paper in public buildings and is expanding its program to include residential buildings. The institute is introducing bottle, can, glass, battery, and printer cartridge recycling.
IIT plans to draft and adopt a green building policy during the 2008–2009 academic year. New undergraduate housing, totaling 90,000 square feet, is currently under construction and will be certified LEED Silver or higher. Landscaping design elements around Crown Hall are projected to help reduce the energy expended on cooling the building.
A student group is designing a project that would emulate a hypothetical IIT campus greening initiative. The institute also has an outdoors club and a student trustee.
IIT is advocating for the addition of a commuter stop on the light rail service that passes near campus. Currently, the institute runs free shuttles for students, faculty, and staff. The facilities department motor pool is transitioning to electric vehicles and a study is planned to power these vehicles from renewable sources.
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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