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Report Card 2010

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University of Montana–Missoula
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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University of Montana–Missoula

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Endowment: $93 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Missoula, Montana

Enrollment: 11,186

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 Office of Campus Sustainability employs a full-time sustainability coordinator and recycling coordinator. The Sustainable Campus Committee, composed of faculty, staff, administrators, and students, is coordinating the completion of a climate action plan and has recommended the creation of a green cleaning policy to the president.
The University of Montana is working to comply with the Governor's 20x10 initiative, which requires a 20 percent reduction in energy use below 2007 levels by 2010. For cooling, 80 percent of the campus HVAC system relies on a geothermal system that utilizes cool water from the local aquifer.
Dining services sources from more than 50 local producers in Montana and Washington. Products include honey, dairy, beef, and cherries. Herbs are grown on a small plot on campus. The main dining hall has gone trayless to reduce waste and water.
The university has committed to achieving LEED Silver standards for all new campus buildings. Though still in the construction stages, the Native American Center is planning to achieve LEED Silver certification at a minimum.
Students hold internships at the sustainability office and the student government has a sustainability coordinator position. A live-in house for UM students is dedicated to conserving energy and promoting efficient building practices. There are seven environmental organizations on campus.
The Way to Go program offers incentives to students and employees who choose to carpool to campus. A free bus service line travels between campus and local destinations. A bike-sharing program allows students to check out yellow cruiser bikes for free for up to two days.
The university makes a list of endowment holdings available to the public online. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The university does not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds.
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