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Report Card 2010

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University of Delaware
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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University of Delaware

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Endowment: $1,275 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Newark, Delaware

Enrollment: 17,710

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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The University of Delaware's sustainability policy and green purchasing guidelines express the school's commitment to environmental stewardship. In 2009, the UD Sustainability Task Force created a fund to support sustainability initiatives on campus.
The university has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020. An HVAC retrocommission project has been completed, and steam lines have been insulated for energy efficiency.
All dining facilities are trayless, and discounts are given for bringing a reusable container. Dining services sources from a local dairy supplier and an on-campus garden. Seafood is purchased in accordance with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines.
The college has installed motion sensors in some buildings and will continue to install them in all future construction. Laundry units have been replaced with more energy-efficient models, and low-flow showerheads were installed in all residence halls. The university's strategic plan calls for policy standards for new building construction.
Students for the Environment addresses such issues as waste reduction and cleaning up natural habitats, as well as encouraging political action around environmental issues. The university increased its recycling diversion rate by 25 percent during their participation in RecycleMania.
The university offers extensive benefits for carpooling and runs a shuttle bus system with nine routes. There is also an express shuttle to local retail destinations on the weekend. Campus growth principles support the use of alternative transportation.
The university makes a list of all holdings available only to trustees and senior administrators. 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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