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Report Card 2010

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Chapman University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Endowment: $235 million as of May 31, 2009

Location: Orange, California

Enrollment: 7,802

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: No


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
C -
Chapman has a sustainability policy that was created and approved by the faculty and, subsequently, by the university’s senior staff and president. The Faculty Senate Environmental Committee has purchased more recycling containers, raised awareness about sustainable living, and devised incentives for faculty carpooling. The committee has also written a purchasing policy mandating 30 percent postconsumer recycled paper for all printers and copiers, and recommending that appliances be Energy Star-certified.
Chapman works to maintain the efficiency of campus systems, and six buildings have high-efficiency chiller systems. To encourage energy conservation, there are signs around campus asking that lights be turned off, and the Environmental Committee publishes tips for a greener lifestyle.
The dining halls purchase organic salad greens, local produce, and dairy from 12 local farms through a distributor. They also offer bread and ice cream from local producers. Disposable containers and cutlery for catering and take-out are biodegradable. In fall 2009, the cafeterias will go trayless. A donation program is set up at the end of the semester during move-out to divert students' unwanted clothing, furniture, and other goods from the waste stream.
Chapman has seven buildings on campus that meet LEED-certified criteria, including the Lastinger Athletic Complex and Leatherby Libraries. A majority of buildings are equipped with lighting timers, and half have been fitted with motion sensors. Water-saving toilets, faucets, and showerheads have also been installed.
Students can choose to live in the environmental-themed Greenhouse Learning Community. Student Eco-Reps serve as sustainability resources within residence halls, and there is one paid student position as a sustainability program assistant. A dorm energy competition will be launched in fall 2009. The student group SPEAK (Students for Peaceful Empowerment, Actions, and Knowledge) is engaged in some projects addressing sustainability.
Electric carts comprise 80 percent of the campus fleet, and there is one hybrid vehicle. People who carpool to campus pay reduced fees and are given preferential parking spots. Chapman gives students and employees a subsidized transit pass. Private vehicles are not allowed on the main campus except in peripheral parking lots.
The university makes a list of all holdings available online to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
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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