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Report Card 2010

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Illinois Institute of Technology
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Illinois Institute of Technology

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Endowment: $258 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Enrollment: 5,592

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  
C +
A campus sustainability plan was adopted in April 2009. The Sustainability Advisory Committee successfully worked to pass policies addressing bottled water, recycling, paper management, power shutdowns, and landscaping. The Office of Energy and Sustainability includes two full-time staff members.
The university is in the process of completing an emissions inventory, and plans to make reduction commitments and propose a climate action plan upon its completion in December 2009. Campus energy efficiency and conservation initiatives include lighting retrofits, retrocommissioning of two energy-intensive buildings, upgrading the largest campus heating plants, and a Power Down computer policy.
Dining services purchases produce from seven local farms and hormone-free milk from a local dairy. A trayless dining program was implemented in May 2009. The university's end-of-year furniture swap and donation program, as well as a clothing collection program, divert items from the landfill.
All new buildings must be built to LEED-certified standards and the Technology Business Center is LEED certified. Motion sensors have been installed in 60 percent of campus building space, and the institute has installed dual-flush toilets.
The university offers 18 sustainability internships for students. The student government's Sustainability Committee held an Earth Day trivia contest and a move-out recycling and donation drive at the end of the academic year. The committee also worked in collaboration with the food committee and cafeteria in an effort to introduce an organic meal plan.
Public transportation is subsidized by 40 percent or more for students, faculty, and staff. A free shuttle operates between campuses during rush hour. The university has had a car-sharing program since 2005.
The institute makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and select members of the school community. The institute does not receive proxy voting information from its managers.
The institute aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
Most of the endowment is in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. For separately managed accounts, the institute asks its investment managers to handle the details of proxy voting.
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