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Report Card 2011

Rutgers University–New Brunswick
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Rutgers University–New Brunswick

School details:

 Grade higher than last year

 

Endowment: $500 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey

 

Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: No

 

Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.

 

Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology section.

 
Overall grade 
B
Rutgers employs a full-time energy conservation manager who works with the Facilities Advisory Committee on Sustainability to oversee initiatives on campus. The university has developed a green purchasing policy and buys exclusively Energy Star-labeled products. A full-time green purchasing manager ensures that vendor contracts include sustainability and corporate social responsibility language.
The university has conducted a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and has committed to reduce emissions 20 percent from 2008 levels by 2020. The Livingston campus features a 1.4-megawatt photovoltaic array, and the university has installed energy-efficient lighting and replaced high-temperature hot water lines in the circulation system.
The university spends 80 percent of its annual food budget on local items, including vegetables, fruit, milk, meat, poultry, and eggs. More than 95 percent of fresh chicken and beef, and 80 percent of pork served on campus is vegetarian fed. Hormone-free chicken, beef, milk, and pork is also served. Seafood purchases are informed by sustainable fisheries guidelines, and the university purchases some fair trade coffee. The surplus and material services department runs an exchange program for used furniture, electronics, and other items, and the university recycles standard materials.
All new buildings must be designed to meet LEED Silver standards, and the campus includes three buildings that meet LEED Silver criteria. To reduce water consumption, Rutgers has installed low-flow showerheads, toilets, and urinals in existing buildings. Porous pavement, retention ponds, and stone and vegetated swales are utilized to manage stormwater.
Rutgers is home to ten student groups that work on sustainability-related initiatives, including Rutgers University Students for Environmental Awareness, the Cook Organic Gardening Club, and the Forestry and Wildlife Club. The university offers twelve sustainability internships to students each year, and the student body participates in three annual conservation competitions.
Students receive a 25 percent discount on public transportation passes, and the university provides a free bus around campus. Rutgers' campus fleet includes electric and natural gas vehicles.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees and senior administrators. A list of external managers, mutual funds, equity holdings, fixed income holdings, real estate holdings, and cash is available to the general public. Information is sent to individuals upon request.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
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The university is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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