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Report Card 2010

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Hampton University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Courtesy of Hampton University

School details:

Endowment: $236 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Hampton, Virginia

Enrollment: 6,690

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

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 +
Hampton University's HU Goes Green Committee, comprised of faculty, staff, administrators, and students, has been meeting regularly for two years. The purchasing department has initiated a sustainable purchasing program to encourage the use of products with a reduced or minimal environmental impact.
The university is committed to using energy-efficient lights and computers and is installing high-efficiency heat and air conditioning. The university is looking for grant money to replace its coal-powered steam plant with geothermal technologies.
Dining services purchases some foods from a local farmers market in addition to some organic produce. Eco-friendly takeout containers are offered, and used cooking oil is recycled. A vegan option is offered every day. Recycling bins for paper, plastic, cans, and newspaper are available in every building.
Hampton uses the LEED rating system as a guide for some aspects of new construction and major renovation projects. The university has installed upgraded sprinkler systems in new and renovated buildings.
Students may participate in the Strategies for Ecology Education, Development, and Sustainability program, and student groups organize Earth Day events, including campus waterfront clean-ups.
Hampton supplements its vehicle fleet with electric golf carts and eight green vehicles. For a three-month trial period, the university provided free bus passes to 485 employees. To encourage a pedestrian-friendly campus, freshmen and sophomores are not permitted to have cars on campus.
The university makes neither a list of endowment holdings nor its shareholder voting record public. This information is available only to trustees and senior administrators at the investment office.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds or similar investment vehicles.
The university provides its investment managers with guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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