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Report Card 2009

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University of Connecticut–Storrs
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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University of Connecticut–Storrs

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  Campus Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $338 million as of June 30, 2007

Location: Storrs, Connecticut

Enrollment: 22,694

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.

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President Hogan signed the Presidents Climate Commitment and the university has an environmental policy statement. The Office of Environmental Policy (OEP) and the environmental policy advisory council oversee sustainability initiatives. Among the OEP staff are a full-time director, a part-time sustainability coordinator, and a full-time administrative coordinator. The UConn Green Campus Fund enables donors to direct their financial support to campus sustainability initiatives.
UConn has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and has completed two greenhouse gas inventories. A 25-megawatt, natural gas-fired cogeneration facility is the primary source of electricity, heating, and evaporative cooling on campus. The university purchases only Energy Star-rated appliances. There is also an annual inter-dormitory energy and water conservation competition.
UConn dining services is the largest purchaser of locally grown produce in Connecticut; they contract with three local dairies and receive produce, eggs, honey, and ice cream from on-campus sources. This year, dining services invested in ten beehives, hosting more than 200,000 bees, the honey from which will be served on campus. Beverages purchased in a reusable bottle or mug are discounted.
The sustainable design and construction policy specifies that all projects must meet at least LEED Silver standards. The Burton Football Complex and Shenkman Training Center were the first LEED Silver-certified athletic facilities in the nation, and several new projects are LEED-registered.
The Office of Environmental Policy (OEP) employs five or six student interns each semester. Among many sustainability-related student groups, EcoHusky works closely with the OEP and provides students with environmental leadership opportunities to organize student events and activities.
Shuttle buses run on biodiesel fuel made on campus from waste cooking oil. There is also a rideshare service. Two bike-sharing programs will be piloted this fall.
The University of Connecticut Foundation makes a list of endowment holdings available at the investment office to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. Information about UConn's investment holdings is available to the public as per open record laws. The foundation makes shareholder voting records available only to trustees and senior administrators.
The foundation aims to optimize investment return and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds.
Most of the foundation endowment is invested in mutual funds. In rare situations where investments are made in separate accounts, investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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