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Report Card 2010

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University of Toronto
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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University of Toronto

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Endowment: $1,702 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Enrollment: 45,631

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  
The University of Toronto is committed to reducing its negative impact on the environment and has an environmental protection policy that it revised and updated this past year. The sustainability office on campus employs seven full-time staff members. The St. George Sustainability Advisory Committee was established in November 2008 and has worked to secure funding for sustainability projects. The use of pesticides on campus was banned in 1995.
The university has taken steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including a $20 million retrofitting project in 2008. The university is also undergoing a series of lighting retrofits and installed a solar thermal array heat recovery system at Warren Stevens Athletic Centre.
The university offers discounts for the use of reusable beverage containers through the I Lug a Mug campaign; the effort prevented the use of 76,561 paper cups between September 2008 and April 2009. Preconsumer composting programs are run in 90 percent of dining locations, and some of cafeterias are trayless. The university's recycling program diverted 62 percent of recyclable waste from landfills in 2008. All dairy is purchased locally and is hormone- and antibiotic-free.
The university has incorporated sustainability into its construction standards, and one building on campus meets LEED-EB criteria. The university also diverts nearly all of its construction waste.
The university employs 20 student interns to work on sustainability initiatives, and 75 students coordinate the Eco-Reps program on campus. The University of Toronto Environmental Management Committee, a student organization, hosts environmentally themed events twice per month, plans to do waste audits at some events, and is working with the facilities department to create a green roof on campus. Students are encouraged to reduce their energy consumption during the campus-wide Eco-Challenge.
Campus community members pay a small fee to borrow bikes from Bikechain, and a car-sharing program is available on campus. Students also receive a discount on public transit, and about 80 percent of commuters use environmentally preferable transit.
The university makes a list of external managers, equity holdings, and fixed-income holdings available to the public online. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions only by category is available upon request.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in, and is exploring further investment in, renewable energy funds or similar investment vehicles.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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