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Report Card 2011

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University of Alaska–Fairbanks
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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C+
University of Alaska–Fairbanks

School details:

  Grade higher than last year

 

Endowment: $198 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska

 

Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: No

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.

 
Overall grade  
C +
The Chancellors Sustainability Task Force has worked on a variety of initiatives, including reducing food waste, starting a recycling program, and initiating additional sustainability academic programs. The Office of Sustainability was created in 2010 and recently hired a sustainability coordinator. The university's purchasing policy requires the procurement of green cleaning products and energy-efficient lighting.
The university is in the process of completing its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory. To reduce energy use, UAF has installed energy-efficient lighting, upgraded HVAC systems, and performed system tune-ups. Test solar panels have also been installed on campus.
Dining services spends more than 18 percent of its budget on local products. Food scraps are composted at all meals; trayless dining has been implemented; used cooking oil is converted into biodiesel; and excess protein is turned into dog food. Twice a year, the university runs a free market to exchange unwanted goods.
All new campus construction must meet energy conservation standards, as judged by a full life-cycle analysis, and must include minimum thermal characteristics. Electric and steam metering has been installed to monitor energy use.
The Honors House is being renovated according to student-drawn plans in order to incorporate green building features. Sustainability is covered in presentations at new student orientation, and the university employs 12 paid sustainability interns. In 2009, students voted to create a $20 green fee. A board composed of students and faculty was recently created to decide which projects the fee should fund. The Sustainable Campus Task Force student group seeks to further the understanding of low-impact living at UAF and has worked on projects ranging from biodiesel conversions to bicycle initiatives.
The university's fleet includes three electric vehicles and five gasoline-electric hybrids. Students, faculty, and staff can ride free on local public transit, and the school also operates shuttles around campus. A free bike-sharing program was started in 2005, and the administration is currently working to make the university more bike and pedestrian friendly by eliminating parking and vehicle traffic in the campus core.
The University of Alaska Foundation makes a list of all holdings available to trustees and senior administrators on a password-protected website. A list of asset allocation and external managers is available to the public and is sent upon request.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
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The foundation is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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