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Report Card 2010

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University of New Mexico
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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B
University of New Mexico

School details:

Endowment: $259 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Enrollment: 17,198

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's sustainability council has completed a climate action plan and drafted the Sustainability/Sensible Procurement Policy. The Office of Sustainability employs a director as well as several other full-time staff, including a Manager for Sustainability & Alternative Transportation. EPEAT certification is a base requirement for all computer and electronics purchases.
The university receives a portion of its energy from two on-campus cogeneration plants, a solar photovoltaic array, and a solar hot water system. UNM has contracted with an outside company to develop a conservation culture on campus with standardized procedures promoted by energy conservation educators.
The university's food provider spends $500,000 on locally grown produce and local dairy products. Dining halls serve strictly hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken, sustainably caught seafood, and cage-free eggs. The university reduces waste through extensive composting and electronics recycling programs.
The university is subject to a New Mexico governor’s executive order, which requires new construction to meet LEED Silver standards and achieve a 50 percent reduction in energy consumption. Seven campus buildings fulfill LEED certification criteria but are not certified.
The student-organized Lobo Growers Market features nearly 50 local food and goods vendors, and serves as a paid internship opportunity for ten students. The Office of Sustainability and the Lobo Energy Educators present information on campus sustainability and energy conservation during new-student orientation. Student organizations include Agricultural Advocacy and Organization for Alternative Transportation Systems.
Students, faculty, and staff are provided with free bus passes. A free shuttle connects the campus to the local commuter train station where students can ride for half price. The campus also offers a car-sharing program and a small bike-sharing program.
The University of New Mexico Foundation makes a list of all holdings available to the public. This information is accessible to the school community on a password-protected site and to the public at the investment office.
The foundation aims to optimize investment return and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds or similar investment vehicles.
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The foundation does not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds.
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