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Report Card 2011

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Samford University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Samford University

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Endowment: $226 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Birmingham, Alabama


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


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.

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Samford University's strategic plan includes a goal dedicated to environmental stewardship, and the Go Green Committee oversees on-campus sustainability efforts. The university’s green purchasing policy mandates the purchase of green cleaning supplies and Energy Star lighting, and encourages the procurement of Energy Star appliances and environmentally preferable paper products.
Samford is in the process of completing its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory. An energy management system allows the university to perform individual energy audits and to display building energy consumption online. To conserve energy, the university has installed LED lighting, lighting sensors, and timers for temperature control.
The university spends 65 percent of its annual budget on local foods, including vegetables, fruit, milk, meat, poultry, and baked goods. Samford only serves hormone- and antibiotic-free dairy products and purchases some fair trade coffee, chocolate, and bananas. The university offers beverage discounts for the use of reusable cups and mugs, and all meals are trayless. Excess food is donated by the university to the Salvation Army and local churches. All traditional materials are recycled, and Monthly Moves picks up unwanted items for reuse.
The university has guidelines for new construction that include HVAC specifications, motion detection lighting, and thermostat controls. Samford also performs system tune-ups and has installed motion detection hand dyers. The university meters chilled water and electricity.
The student group Restoring Eden promotes sustainability on campus in accordance with Samford's Christian mission. The group recently worked with dining services to implement greener practices and succeeded in implementing biodegradable to-go products. The university participates in an annual Go Big Go Green competition to encourage waste reduction.
The university began a bike-sharing program in 2010 with 30 bikes available to students at no cost. Cash incentives and a ride-sharing board are offered to faculty, staff, and students who utilize the CommuteSmart carpool program. Samford's master plan calls for moving all parking to the periphery of campus and extending the sidewalk system.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community at the investment office. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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