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Report Card 2010

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University of Mississippi
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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University of Mississippi

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Endowment: $370 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: University, Mississippi

Enrollment: 12,240

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  
C +
The University of Mississippi enacted an environmental policy statement in July 2009, and the sustainability office employs one full-time and one part-time employee. Energy Star-rated products are purchased whenever possible. The Task Force on Energy, Environment, and Sustainability establishes campus-wide sustainability initiatives in conjunction with eight environmental action groups.
The university completed its first greenhouse gas inventory in summer 2009. In conjunction with the city of Oxford, Ole Miss installed a 30-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system on the athletics and recreation facility. After upgrading lighting fixtures and setting back night temperatures in facilities across campus, the university installed digital energy meters on 16 of its largest buildings, which measure energy usage in 15-minute increments.
All residential dining halls are trayless in an effort to reduce waste. Dining services purchases only paper products with recycled content, including napkins. The Green Grove Campaign works to improve recycling at major sporting events and facilities and raise awareness about green tailgating practices.
Ole Miss has developed a green building policy that requires all new construction to be LEED-certified or its equivalent. The Medicinal Garden Building is LEED-certified. Two new buildings under construction, the Center for Manufacturing Excellence and the law school, are intended to achieve LEED certification.
Students for a Green Campus organized a week-long event dedicated to environmental sustainability. Students are involved in the Green Building Mayors program, promoting energy conservation, recycling, and other sustainability efforts in their residence halls. Two internship positions at the sustainability office are available to students.
The University of Mississippi encourages carpooling and will host an online car-sharing program in fall 2009. The city of Oxford and Ole Miss run a bus transit system, which is subsidized for all students and employees. A bike-sharing program with 32 bikes encourages alternative transportation.
The University of Mississippi Foundation makes a list of all holdings available to the public upon request, as per open record law. The foundation does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds publicly available.
The foundation aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds. The foundation has met with several renewable energy investment fund managers to explore investing in this area.
The foundation asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting for the portions of the endowment not invested in mutual funds.
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