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Report Card 2011

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University of California–Davis
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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School details:

Endowment: $162 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Davis, California


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.

Overall grade  
A -
University of California–Davis is committed to sustainability through a formal policy and components of the master and strategic plans. Three committees, an office, and several staff members address campus environmental initiatives. The school has a green purchasing policy and buys Energy Star products regularly. Energy saving tips are posted on the website for faculty and staff.
The university has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 3 percent since 2000 and aims to achieve a 12 percent reduction from 1999 levels by 2014. UC Davis has implemented energy efficiency technologies, such as metering and lighting sensors across campus, and encourages energy conservation through practices such as trade-in programs for inefficient appliances. Two photovoltaic arrays generate energy on campus, and 9 percent of purchased electricity comes from renewable sources.
UC Davis spends more than half of its food budget on local products, purchases organic items such as poultry and grains, and sources olive oil and tomatoes from campus farms. Dining halls serve some cage-free eggs and vegetarian-fed meat products as well as some hormone-free milk. Some seafood is purchased according to sustainability guidelines. Only fair trade coffee is served in dining locations. Trayless dining has been implemented, and food waste is composted at all meals.
All new construction must meet at least LEED Silver standards. One building on campus is LEED Platinum certified, and 15 more meet LEED standards. The school has completed five adaptive reuse projects since 2000, has implemented water conservation technologies such as low-flow faucets around campus, and uses a variety of stormwater management strategies.
Students have the option to live in two sustainable living communities. UC Davis employs several student sustainability interns and eco-reps, and students participate in two annual competitions to reduce waste and raise climate change awareness. Student groups, including the California Student Sustainability Coalition and Davis Net Impact, address various environmental issues on campus.
UC Davis offers ride-matching services and preferable parking to carpoolers, and all campus community members receive discounts on local public transit. The college provides shuttle services to other campuses and to local attractions. The Bike Barn provides rentals and repairs, and a car-sharing program is available. The administration is in the process of increasing accessibility for pedestrians.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to the general public on the school website per open records law. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions only by category is sent to individuals upon request.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in community development loan funds and renewable energy funds.
The university provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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