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Report Card 2010

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Youngstown State University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Endowment: $165 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Youngstown, Ohio

Enrollment: 10,255

Type: Public


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: No


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

Overall grade  
D +
Administration, students, faculty, and staff on the Youngstown State University Sustainability Council work to establish and promote sustainability policies and initiatives on campus. All student brochures and campus print shop paper is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
The university has implemented a $10 million campus-wide energy efficiency program, focused primarily on electric and steam consumption. Major equipment has been replaced with more energy-efficient models, and lighting has been retrofitted for efficiency. Control systems have also been upgraded.
Dining services composts pre- and postconsumer food waste for use on campus grounds. A beverage discount is offered to customers who bring their own mug, and dining halls feature a Tray-Free Tuesdays program. The recycling program collects traditional items, as well as Styrofoam peanuts and books.
The Williamson College of Business Administration building, currently under construction, is expected to receive LEED Silver or Gold certification upon completion.
The re:CREATE project, initiated and run by students, is an environmental reuse program that received funding to expand to serve the entire county. Students living on campus receive a handout containing sustainability information. The university participates in RecycleMania.
The Youngstown campus fleet includes five electric vehicles. The university is currently exploring parking incentives to promote carpooling.
The university makes neither a list of endowment holdings nor its shareholder voting record public. Information on endowment holdings is available only to trustees and senior administrators at the foundation trustees meetings.
The university aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
A member of the university administration determines proxy votes.
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