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Report Card 2011

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University of California–San Diego
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of California–San Diego

School details:

Endowment: $281 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: La Jolla, California


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  
A -
The University of California–San Diego's Sustainability 2.0 initiative coordinates campus-wide efforts to promote environmental stewardship. The university has recently established a Sustainability Solutions Institute and employs three sustainability staff in the Department of Auxiliary and Plant Services. All computers are EPEAT certified, and a purchasing policy requires that Energy Star products are purchased when available.
The university reduced greenhouse emissions 6 percent from 2006 to 2008 and aims to be carbon neutral by 2025. Cogeneration is utilized, and energy management systems, LED lighting, and lighting sensors have been installed to decrease energy use. Solar panels generate 3 percent of the campus's energy, and UCSD purchases 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources.
Dining services purchases exclusively cage-free eggs, hormone- and antibiotic-free milk, sustainably harvested seafood, and fair trade coffee. All landscaping waste is composted or mulched. Unused goods can be reused or recycled through the UCSD Surplus Sales Store, and the university targets a zero-waste approach to student move-out.
All new construction and renovations must meet LEED Silver standards, and three campus buildings are LEED certified. UCSD's Clean Water Utility Initiative addresses water efficiency and conservation through the replacement of lab equipment, retrofitting of irrigation systems, and various educational strategies. Water-conserving laundry machines and low-flow faucets and showerheads are installed in all residential facilities, and the campus also features a green roof.
UC San Diego employs 20 paid student interns and 7 eco-reps. Student organizations on campus promote sustainable agriculture and water conservation as well as educate the campus community on social and environmental justice issues.
More than 30 percent of the campus fleet is electric, and UCSD also runs 42 ultra-low sulfur biodiesel shuttle buses. Carpoolers receive parking pass discounts and reserved parking spaces. Students, faculty, and staff can ride public buses for free. The university has housed a bike-sharing program since 2004 and also partners with a car-sharing program.
The university makes a list of external managers available online to the public, and a list of other endowment holdings is available at the investment office to the public per open records law. The university does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds or commingled funds public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The university is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled funds.
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