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Report Card 2010

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University of Florida–Gainesville
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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University of Florida–Gainesville

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  Campus Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $1,011 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Gainesville, Florida

Enrollment: 44,776

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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The University of Florida-Gainesville has environmental sustainability components in its campus master plan. UF's green purchasing policy requires that all purchases meet Energy Star, FSC, Green Seal, and Environmental Choice standards. The Office of Sustainability is managed by a director, an outreach coordinator, and a program assistant.
UF has committed to carbon neutrality by 2025. The university implements temperature setbacks during holidays and is currently retrocommissioning HVAC and chiller systems to improve energy efficiency.
UF implemented a trayless dining program and a reusable to-go container program to cut down on the 278,000 disposable containers used each year. Gator Dining has partnered with the Campus Kitchens Project, a student organization that donates unused food throughout the community. A majority of the coffee purchased by UF is fair trade. Dining services offers cage-free eggs and a variety of organic produce. Each week, 125 gallons of oil are collected for biodiesel production used to fuel the campus fleet.
The facilities planning and construction department requires that all new buildings attain LEED Gold certification at a minimum. Twelve buildings on campus have been LEED-certified, including the Heavener Football Complex, which is LEED Platinum and has a green roof installed over the weight room. The university has initiated a 32-building LEED-EB portfolio project and has recently completed the installation of a 2,600‐square‐foot green roof.
The Office of Sustainability employs 25 interns each year. The student government has created the new Gators Going Green Sustainability Agency. Gators for a Sustainable Campus, as well as other student groups, are highly engaged in campus sustainability. Reusable bags and green guides are provided to all on-campus freshmen during orientation.
UF's master plan includes an auto-free zone in the core of campus. The university has a comprehensive vehicle purchasing policy that favors alternative-fuel vehicles. Students, faculty, and staff ride the regional transit buses for free. The university launched an annual One Less Car challenge in 2008 to promote using alternative modes of transportation. UF has a car-sharing program and promotes carpooling with reduced-rate parking.
The university makes a list of endowment holdings and its proxy voting record on a category-specific level available at the investment office to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds. The administration continues to review the costs and benefits of incorporating specific concerns from the university community directly into investment policy.
The university provides its investment managers with guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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