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Report Card 2010

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Wichita State University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Wichita State University

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Endowment: $196 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Wichita, Kansas

Enrollment: 18,528

Type: Public


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: No


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
D -
The Kansas Board of Regents has recommended a system-wide policy on sustainability. The university has adopted a fuel and energy conservation policy and an energy management conservation policy.
The university utilizes the state's Facility Conservation Improvement Program and has undertaken projects to improve efficiency on campus, including upgrades of boilers, chillers, and light fixtures.
WSU purchases milk from a local dairy, buys some local produce, and offers grass-fed beef and fair trade coffee in the dining halls. The implementation of trayless dining has significantly reduced waste. Some campus organizations use recycled fryer oil from the dining halls for vehicle fuel.
The university considers energy efficiency measures for all new construction, major renovations, and replacement of HVAC and electrical systems. The university’s public FM radio station building features a green roof and Agriboard sidewall panels composed of compressed straw.
Wichita Green Group, a student organization, works on recycling, conservation, and sustainability education initiatives. The group organizes an annual Midwest Green Fest on Earth Day.
WSU offers a shuttle bus service to two off-campus locations. Campus police use a battery-powered, three-wheel platform vehicle for patrolling the campus, as well as a battery-powered utility cart.
The Wichita State University Foundation makes neither a list of endowment holdings nor its shareholder voting record public.
The foundation aims to optimize investment return and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds or similar investment vehicles.
The foundation asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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