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Report Card 2010

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New Mexico State University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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New Mexico State University

School details:

Endowment: $173 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico

Enrollment: 13,660

Type: Public


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.


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Overall grade  
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The university's sustainability council has drafted a plan for climate neutrality as well as a green building policy. All appliances purchased for residence halls are Energy Star-rated. The university sustainability website chronicles environmental initiatives on campus and has designated 2009 as the Year of Sustainability at NMSU.
The university has completed a carbon emissions inventory and installed a solar photovoltaic array on a parking structure. Energy efficiency projects on campus include the use of a cogeneration plant for power, steam, and chilled water loops, as well as energy audits and lighting retrofits.
The university's food provider purchases chilies and nuts from local farms. Dining halls serve exclusively fair trade coffee and no longer use trays. In order to reduce waste, dining services conducts food production audits and recycles fryer oil.
The university requires that all new construction and major renovations meet LEED Silver standards at a minimum. Approximately half of the campus is equipped with low-flow faucets and toilets. Desert landscaping as well as moisture sensors, water control valves, and supervisory controls are being installed to reduce landscaping water needs.
The sustainability council has developed brochures and videos and distributes handouts during new-student orientation that describe the sustainability programs and activities that are available for student participation, plus tips for what students can do individually. Organization of Aggie Students Inspiring Sustainability (OASIS) is a student group committed to implementing sustainable university policies and practices.
Nearly one-fifth of the university's fleet is composed of alternative-fuel vehicles. NMSU established an expanded on-campus shuttle system funded by student fees. The shuttle connects passengers to the Las Cruces transit system. The NMSU 2006-2016 master plan outlines strategies for a pedestrian- and bike-friendly campus.
The New Mexico State University Foundation does not make proxy voting records available, and information on investment holdings is available only to trustees and senior administrators.
The foundation aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The foundation provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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