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Report Card 2010

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Old Dominion University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Old Dominion University

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Endowment: $137 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Norfolk, Virginia

Enrollment: 14,326

Type: Public


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.

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Old Dominion University's master plan prioritizes achieving a green campus through the application of sustainable development principles. The Environmental Advisory Committee, composed of faculty, staff, administrators, and student representatives organizes various sustainability events on campus, including river and community clean-ups. The university purchases strictly Energy Star-certified appliances and many Green Seal cleaning products.
ODU is in the process of conducting a carbon emissions inventory, with an estimated completion date of October 2009. The university built a new central chiller plant that is estimated to reduce energy needs by 0.4 kilowatts per ton. Many buildings throughout campus have been upgraded to high-efficiency lighting.
The university sources from a local dairy, and all seafood purchased is sustainably caught. Dining halls are completely trayless and serve some fair trade coffee. ODU diverts over 20 percent of its waste from landfills through its comprehensive recycling program.
In accordance with an executive order from the governor of Virginia, Old Dominion will construct new buildings to LEED Silver standards. The campus currently features one Silver-certified building and strives to divert at least half of construction and demolition waste.
The student government is using student funds to purchase additional recycling receptacles and expand waste retrieval services. The organization has also partnered with dining services to establish a reusable takeout container program.
Alternative-fuel vehicles comprise nearly one-third of the university motor pool. Hampton Road Transit, in conjunction with ODU, offers free local bus service to faculty, staff, and students. Bike-sharing and car-sharing options are available on campus. Student attendants assist the Old Dominion community in repairing their bikes at the university bike shop.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to the public and sends the information upon request. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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