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Report Card 2009

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North Carolina State University
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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North Carolina State University

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Endowment: $545 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Enrollment: 29,957

Type: Public


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: Yes

Endowment Survey: Yes


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 Oblinger signed the Presidents Climate Commitment. The university launched a sustainability office in March 2008. The broad-based Campus Environmental Sustainability Team is chaired by the North Carolina State sustainability officer, who was hired in April 2008.
NC State has committed to reduce annual energy consumption per square foot by at least 4 percent over a ten-year period. In January 2008, the university launched its inaugural Energy Fair to raise awareness on energy conservation. The university has also recently installed its first photovoltaic array on campus.
Dining menus offer local dairy, turkey, and pork products, as well as some produce. The university serves organic, fair trade coffee, and a reusable cup discount is offered. Dining halls are now trayless and Styrofoam has been eliminated.
The university has committed to LEED Silver certification for all new construction projects, but currently has no known LEED-certified projects or green buildings.
Multiple student organizations address campus sustainability issues. As members of the GREEN residence hall program, students educate peers about sustainability via campus events and outreach.
NC State provides free public transit passes to faculty, staff, and students, and offers parking discounts to carpool and vanpool riders. The Campus Paths program works to improve walkways, greenways, commuter and transit paths, and pedestrian footpaths.
The university makes a list of endowment holdings and shareholder voting records available to the public by request, as per open records laws. Endowment holdings are made available to the public and are accessible online. The shareholder voting record is sent to individuals upon request.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds and community development loan funds.
The majority of the endowment is in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. The university has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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