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Report Card 2010

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University of St. Thomas
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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University of St. Thomas

School details:

Endowment: $416 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: St. Paul, Minnesota

Enrollment: 10,963

Type: Private


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 +
St. Thomas has a formal sustainability policy and addresses sustainability through their strategic plan. The University of St. Thomas Sustainability Committee reports to a steering committee of vice presidents, and addresses key issues such as offsets for air travel, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing public transportation access and awareness, and institutionalizing a car-share program.
The university plans to install solar panels on campus in fall 2009. St. Thomas has retrofitted lighting fixtures in all campus buildings in the last five years. Campus HVAC systems are all computer regulated for energy efficiency with evening and weekend setbacks. The Green Team and Sustainability Committee raise awareness about energy conservation through signage and promotional events.
The university spends $900,000 annually on food that is grown or processed within a five-state area. The dining services department collects pre- and postconsumer food scraps for area hog farms, a source reduction program that diverted over 241,000 pounds of food from landfills in the last fiscal year.
St. Thomas has an 80 percent waste diversion rate on construction projects and is diverting 100 percent of nonhazardous waste in the construction of a new athletic facility. All showerheads and 90 percent of campus toilets are low-flow. Motion sensors have been installed in classrooms on the Minneapolis campus, as well as three of the main classroom buildings on the St. Paul campus.
There are five student environmental organizations at the university, including the Green Team and a sustainability committee of the undergraduate student government. St. Thomas employs four paid interns who work on campus sustainability initiatives.
Students, staff, and faculty receive a 77 percent subsidy on public transportation passes, and those choosing to carpool are given favorable parking spots. St. Thomas offers a bike-sharing program, a shuttle between campuses, and a shuttle to local off-campus destinations.
The university makes a list of endowment holdings available trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university is currently invested in renewable energy funds, and is also exploring further investment in this area. St. Thomas aims to optimize return on investment, while their natural resources investment managers also take environmental concerns into consideration.
The university provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine proxy voting decisions.
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