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Report Card 2010

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Rochester Institute of Technology
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Rochester Institute of Technology

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  Campus Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $672 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Rochester, New York

Enrollment: 13,501

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.

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A full-time sustainability manager works with the Committee for Sustainable Practices and the Campus Environmental Committee to oversee sustainability initiatives on campus. Sustainability is an important pillar in Rochester Institute of Technology's latest strategic plan. The institute recently developed a sustainability policy, is currently designing bicycle paths around campus, and has also developed a plan to provide ‘Forever Green’ open spaces to protect our natural habitat and minimize disturbance to native plants and mature trees in future expansion projects.
RIT is in the process of conducting a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. A 2.2-kilowatt solar array was installed on the College of Applied Science and Technology building, and a 12.4-kilowatt system is anticipated for the University Services Center building. In 2009, the institute purchased 229,000 kilowatt-hours of Green-E-certified power. The institute will soon complete two highly modernized heating and cooling plants.
RIT spends 27 percent of its annual food budget on local items. Dining facilities compost 32 tons of preconsumer food waste each year, and the institute recycles used cooking oil. RIT’s residential dining facility became trayless in July 2008. The institute also composts or mulches 100 percent of its landscaping waste.
RIT's green building policy requires all qualified new construction to meet at least LEED Silver certification criteria. The CAST building has achieved LEED Gold certification, and the University Services Center building is awaiting LEED Platinum certification. The institute diverts between 50 and 75 percent of nonhazardous construction materials.
The Student Environmental Action League works on projects related to recycling awareness, environmental education, pollution prevention, and community service efforts. The Greeks Go Green competition awarded environmentally friendly cleaning products to the Greek house that most significantly reduced its energy consumption.
RIT has subsidized the local public transportation system to provide seven additional trips to campus. The university also offers a free shuttle around campus and to local off-campus destinations. RIT's fleet includes hybrid, electric, hydrogen, biodiesel, and flex-fuel vehicles.
The institute makes a list of all holdings available at the investment office to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. The institute does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The institute aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds and community development funds. The institute has investment policy provisions that consider environmental/sustainability factors.
The institute asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting on corporate governance matters and provides its investment managers with guidelines regarding proxy voting on environmental and sustainability factors.
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