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Report Card 2009

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro

School details:

Endowment: $184 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Greensboro, North Carolina

Enrollment: 15,329

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  
The university has a "Buy Recycled" policy and a sustainability committee that consists of faculty, staff, students, and administrators. The committee has many working groups, including those that address transportation, energy, and water.
The waste reduction and recycling office implements numerous education campaigns aimed at encouraging conservation behaviors. The sustainability manager worked with a nonprofit organization to conduct a carbon inventory and plans to work with campus groups to improve information tracking.
The university spends $1.4 million annually on products sourced from 38 approved local farmers and growers. The university has a trayless cafeteria, bulk condiment dispensers, and recycled-content napkins. Dining services recycles fryer oil to create biodiesel fuel.
The university master plan incorporates sustainable development as a guiding principle in campus design, planning, and construction. The facilities, design and construction department has incorporated green building design strategies into new construction, as well as renovation projects. These strategies include occupancy sensors, construction waste management plans, HVAC systems, compact florescent and LED lighting, and low-flow water equipment.
A chapter of the Campus Climate Challenge and the student group UNC Green are active on campus. There is student representation on the university sustainability committee, and students can find paid work on campus sustainability projects through the waste reduction and recycling office.
The university adopted a transportation master plan aimed at developing an integrated and multimodal network of transit options. Students ride for free on the local buses and the university uses B20 biodiesel and E10 gasoline-alcohol blend for all motor fleet vehicles.
The university makes a list of endowment holdings available to the public by request, as per open records laws. This information is available at the investment office.
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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