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Report Card 2010

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Colorado School of Mines
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Colorado School of Mines

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Endowment: $148 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Golden, Colorado

Enrollment: 4,450

Type: Public


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


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

Overall grade  
D +
The Sustainability Committee at Colorado School of Mines includes administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The committee has begun a campus sustainability assessment and has worked to improve the recycling program. Most appliances purchased by the school are Energy Star-qualified, and most paper used on campus has recycled content.
The school has retrofitted campus lighting and retrocommissioned HVAC systems for energy efficiency. A steam trap maintenance program is in place, as well as a steam pipe insulation program. Stickers remind community members to turn lights off when leaving rooms, and campus-wide emails further encourage the community to conserve energy.
A comprehensive recycling program diverts aluminum, cardboard, glass, paper, and plastics from the waste stream. The school also recycles used cooking oil and a variety of electronic items.
Colorado School of Mines is committed to seeking LEED certification for all new construction and major renovation projects. Motion sensors for lighting have been installed in some buildings, and most plumbing fixtures on campus have been replaced with low-flow units.
The Student Council on Sustainability was instrumental in the implementation of single-stream recycling on campus. The group has worked to educate the campus community about environmental issues by planning trips to local energy and waste management facilities and organizing lectures by environmental speakers.
All students receive a bus pass for use on local public transportation. One group of three faculty use a vanpool service for commuting, and a larger number of faculty use the regional bus service to commute to campus.
The Colorado School of Mines Foundation makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community upon request.
The foundation aims to strike a balance between preservation of the endowment principal and optimizing returns with an acceptable level of risk. The foundation is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The foundation does not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled funds.
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