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Report Card 2010

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Trinity University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Trinity University

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Endowment: $500 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: San Antonio, Texas

Enrollment: 2,459

Type: Private


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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The President’s Task Force on Sustainability includes representation from the student body, administration, faculty, and staff. The university’s green purchasing policy mandates that the university buy exclusively Energy Star products and environmentally friendly paper and cleaning products.
Trinity University has committed to achieving carbon neutrality. The school has implemented energy efficiency projects, including HVAC upgrades.
Trinity purchases seafood in accordance with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines. The dining hall has an area dedicated to vegan options and also serves local and organic produce when available. All coffee served on campus is fairly traded. Waste oil is collected and converted into biofuel on campus. Customers receive a discount when they bring a reusable cup.
The university green building policy stipulates that all new construction meet LEED Silver criteria. The university has one building that meets LEED standards and one that meets LEED-EB standards. Some buildings have been outfitted with motion sensors and LED lighting. Energy-efficient laundry machines have been installed as well.
During orientation, all students are given a reusable water bottle that they can use at the dining hall to receive discounts. The university offers three paid sustainability internships. Trinity’s environmental student group, Students Organized for Sustainability, ran a successful campaign to eliminate Styrofoam from campus; dining services uses biodegradable bamboo products instead. The group also advocated for the reusable water bottle that is given to new students, as well as for expanded recycling.
Students are eligible for a discount on public transportation services. The campus fleet includes one hybrid vehicle.
A list of all holdings is made available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school at the discretion of the president and investment committee. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds or similar investment vehicles.
The university has several mutual funds. Investment managers often handle proxy voting or, occasionally, a senior administrator performs this task.
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