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Report Card 2009

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Regent University
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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D
Regent University

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Endowment: $274 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Enrollment: 3,444

Type: Private

 

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  
D
Regent University incorporates some environmental goals into its master planning and has instituted a policy for the purchase of green cleaning products and Energy Star appliances. Regent does not have sustainability staff, but the director of facilities and engineering oversees sustainability issues relating to building design and energy management.
Regent has upgraded to some energy-efficient equipment, including fluorescent lighting, LED signs, and an efficient heating system in the new student housing complex. Electric meters within each building allow for monitoring of peak demands to evaluate energy conservation initiatives.
Recycling is available for paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, and cardboard. The school recently renegotiated its waste management contract to improve the diversion rate from 50 percent to 75 percent. Regent's dining services department does not offer any notable amount of local or organic foods and does not run a composting program.
The university has incorporated some energy efficiency and LEED design features into new construction and renovations. The Founder’s Inn and Conference Center was recently certified by Virginia Green Lodging, and the student union utilized salvaged lumber from abandoned regional mills in its construction.
The Regent Council of Graduate Students is considered a green advocacy organization. Regent recently formed a student recycling committee and has solicited student recommendations via email to improve energy conservation efforts. A summer energy conservation team of students has been working to complete the fluorescent lighting conversion program.
Regent operates a fleet of electric vehicles for maintenance, mail distribution, and campus tours. There are ridesharing incentives and a free shuttle bus on campus. Both outdoor and indoor bike storage is available, although there is no bike-sharing program. The campus is bike and pedestrian friendly, with many walking paths. Parking lots are located along the campus periphery to preserve its green interior.
The university does not make a list of endowment holdings public. This information is only available to trustees and senior administrators.
The university aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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