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Report Card 2010

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University of the Pacific
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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University of the Pacific

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Endowment: $165 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Stockton, California

Enrollment: 4,265

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.

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The University of the Pacific employs a part-time sustainability coordinator, and a sustainability committee, composed of students, staff, and faculty, meets during the year and advises the president on sustainability initiatives. Green cleaning products are used on campus, and all appliances purchased are Energy Star-qualified.
The university makes energy efficiency improvements every year, including retrocommissioning HVAC systems. A greenhouse gas emissions inventory is in progress.
The university's food service provider spends millions of dollars annually on local and organic foods, as well as cage-free eggs and confinement-free beef and chicken. All beef served on campus is 100 percent grass-fed, and all milk and most meat is hormone- and antibiotic-free. Seafood is purchased in accordance with sustainability guidelines, and only fair trade coffee is served on campus. A comprehensive recycling program diverts 70 percent of recyclable materials from landfills.
The new University Center achieved LEED Silver certification. All showerheads on campus are low-flow, and low-flow toilets have been installed in the University Center.
Students for Environmental Action has actively promoted sustainability on campus for nearly nine years. During new-student orientation, students are given reusable water bottles and are asked to sign a pledge not to purchase bottled water.
A bike-sharing program was created in 2008 and makes ten bicycles available to the community. The campus fleet includes a hybrid vehicle, and the university plans to make the center of campus a pedestrian-only area.
The university does not make a list of endowment holdings or shareholder voting records public. Information is provided and shared with senior administrators and members of the board of regents.
The endowment seeks to maximize long-term total return consistent with prudent levels of risk. Investment returns are expected to preserve or enhance the real value of the endowment to provide adequate funds to sufficiently support designated university activities. The endowment does not specifically target investments in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
Voting of proxies in stocks held by the endowment is done in a manner that is in the best interest of the endowment and its beneficiaries by those best able to make such assessments. Normally, this is done by the endowment’s portfolio managers.
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