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Report Card 2010

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University of Maryland–College Park
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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University of Maryland–College Park

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  Campus Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $616 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: College Park, Maryland

Enrollment: 31,317

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.

Overall grade  
B +
The University of Maryland adopted its own environmental stewardship guidelines in 2005. The Climate Action Working Group has prepared a plan for climate neutrality, and a new University Sustainability Council will oversee all campus sustainability initiatives. Three full-time administrators and one part-time assistant are employed by the Office of Sustainability.
The University of Maryland is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2012. Campus emissions decreased 4.2 percent from 2005 to 2008. The university has entered into a contract with two energy service companies to improve energy conservation and is working to identify potential on- and off-campus renewable energy projects. Heat and power are provided by an Energy Star cogeneration plant.
Dining services sources tomatoes and herbs from a roof-top garden, and purchases from a local dairy. Multiple dining facilities compost both pre- and postconsumer waste, and the recycling program diverts 50 percent of the waste stream. All seafood purchased by the university meets sustainability standards. The Maryland Food Collective, a worker-owned and operated co-op on campus, specializes in vegetarian and vegan food that is both local and organic.
The university has set a goal of meeting at least LEED Silver criteria for new construction and major renovations on campus. The Camille Kendall Academic Center has been LEED Gold-certified, and two other buildings will achieve LEED Gold certification upon completion in 2009. Three green roofs were constructed in 2008.
New-student orientation offers compostable and biodegradable materials during all meals, and upperclassmen teach new students about sustainability in freshmen seminar classes. The student government created a council dedicated to organizing cooperative sustainability projects. There are seven student environmental organizations on campus.
Approximately 40 percent of the university's fleet is composed of alternative-fuel vehicles. The Shuttle-UM runs throughout campus and to various off-campus locations, including public transportation hubs. A campus bike shop offers free repairs to students, faculty, and staff. A “green” parking permit program was instituted to encourage the use of efficient vehicles by campus commuters.
The University of Maryland Foundation makes a list of all holdings available to the public upon request. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level is also available to the public and is sent upon request.
The foundation aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds. The foundation also uses certain investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The foundation asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting. Although no specific guidelines exist, the foundation considers corporate governance issues when making investments.
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