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Report Card 2010

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University of Western Ontario
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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University of Western Ontario

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Endowment: $266 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: London, Ontario, Canada

Enrollment: 25,236

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.

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The University of Western Ontario has established an environmental sustainability working group. Most paper products purchased for offices on campus are FSC-certified, and all pesticides used on the grounds meet Canadian Organic Standards. Sustainability is mentioned as a goal in the university's master and strategic plans.
The university is currently amidst a major lighting retrofit project and participates in regional blackout days to encourage energy conservation. The campus's centralized HVAC system has scheduled shutdowns for off-peak periods.
Residence dining spends 26 percent of its total budget on local or organic food items, including grass-fed beef, cage-free eggs, and sustainably harvested seafood. Approximately 30 percent of items on the residence menu are vegetarian or vegan. Western composts food waste through a comprehensive recycling program, which diverts 80 percent of recyclable materials from the landfill. All dining halls are entirely Styrofoam-free and serve only fair trade coffee, with some fair trade teas.
The university is committed to designing all new construction projects on campus to achieve LEED-Gold certification and all major renovations to be LEED-EB certified. A new building on campus is LEED Gold-certified. Western has installed daylight harvesting light sensors around campus to reduce electricity use. All nonhazardous construction waste is recycled.
The EnviroWestern student organization has been a driving force for sustainable change on campus. Their efforts have focused on educational programs, including an awareness week and movie nights. The University Students' Council passed an environmental sustainability policy, acknowledging a responsibility to promote environmental stewardship and to green its operations.
Since 1998, the university has partnered with the local transportation system to provide universal bus passes to full-time undergraduate students. Parking services subscribes to a website that allows staff, students, and faculty to coordinate rides to campus. Western's fleet includes two hybrid vehicles.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other members of the school community. A list of companies in which the university invests is made available upon request from a member of the school community. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level is made available to the public upon request, per open record law.
Western aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds. Active managers report on the use of environmental, social, and governance factors as part of their investment decision process.
Western provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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