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Report Card 2010

University of Oregon–Eugene
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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University of Oregon–Eugene

School details:

 Campus Sustainability Leader

 

Endowment: $438 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Eugene, Oregon

Enrollment: 17,865

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 Environmental Issues Committee has drafted a carbon offsets purchasing policy and the new Sustainability Council advises the provost. A sustainability director and three student employees work in the Office of Sustainability. The university has a paper purchasing policy that requires all units to purchase paper that has at least 50 percent recycled content and 30 percent postconsumer content.
The University of Oregon has conducted a carbon emissions inventory and is in the process of completing extensive efficiency upgrades to its central plant. The campus is equipped with several photovoltaic arrays as well as a large solar hot water system.
Local products, including produce and dairy, comprise 13.2 percent of dining services' annual food budget. Some dining halls are now trayless and all serve strictly fair trade coffee. The university currently diverts approximately 46 percent of its waste from landfills through composting and recycling both electronics and traditional materials.
All new construction must meet at least LEED Silver standards. The university currently has a LEED Silver-certified and a LEED Gold-certified building, as well as six buildings that meet LEED Silver criteria. The campus has been equipped with some motion sensors and LED lighting.
Representatives from the sixteen sustainability-oriented student groups on campus communicate and collaborate through the Sustainability Coalition. One example of successful collaboration was the establishment of a bike loan program. The university offers three paid student sustainability internships during the academic year.
Approximately 50 percent of faculty and 85 percent of students commute to campus using alternative transportation. The university provides free city bus passes to all faculty, staff, and students. Carpoolers receive a 40 percent discount on parking permits and preferential parking spaces. The bike loan program offers 100 refurbished bikes and repair services with a refundable deposit. The university's car-sharing program consists of two hybrid vehicles.
The University of Oregon Foundation does not make a list of endowment holdings public. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions is available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community via a password-protected website or can be sent to individuals upon request.
The foundation aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy and community development loan funds.
The foundation asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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