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Report Card 2009

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Purdue University
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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Purdue University

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Endowment: $1,736 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: West Lafayette, Indiana

Enrollment: 40,108

Type: Public


Campus Survey: Yes

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  
B -
Purdue's Sustainability Council meets regularly to advise the administration on water and energy issues, and plans to address purchasing, waste management, and recycling. The council includes representation from facilities, housing and food services, faculty, and students. To unify and coordinate sustainability efforts, an assistant director of grounds and sustainability was hired.
A class completed an emissions inventory and considered how Purdue could achieve carbon neutrality. Major energy efficiency projects, including replacing windows and retrofitting lights, are underway in five large campus buildings. A small photovoltaic panel has been installed at the Beck Agronomy Center.
Dining services sources food from 13 local producers. Organic food, including milk and cheese, is available, as well as fair trade coffee. Dining services offers a discount for using a reusable bottle and has begun switching to compostable cups. A comprehensive recycling program diverts 24 percent of the university's waste. Yard waste is composted and used as topsoil.
Purdue will follow the governor's executive order on energy efficiency, which mandates that buildings must achieve maximum energy efficiency. Compliance may be demonstrated by a LEED Silver rating. A new mechanical engineering building addition will be LEED-certified.
Purdue has multiple student groups on campus that address carbon neutrality, green roofs, recycling, and green building issues.
Purdue has a flex-fuel vehicle fleet that runs on an E10 or E85 blend. The university also has four hybrid vehicles with eight more on order. Bus travel is subsidized for faculty, students, and staff, and there is a free university shuttle bus. A sustainable, pedestrian-friendly campus is part of Purdue's master plan.
Information on endowment holdings and proxy voting records is available to the public by request, as per open records laws. Information is sent to individuals upon request.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
Purdue provides its investment managers with guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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