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Report Card 2011

University of Mississippi
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Mississippi

School details:

 Grade higher than last year

 

Endowment: $428 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: University, Mississippi

 

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 
B-
A task force at the University of Mississippi works to integrate sustainability programs into campus life and recently developed a recommendation to the provost on how to better incorporate sustainability in campus operations and within the curriculum. The Office of Campus Sustainability employs two full-time employees, and a faculty fellow has been charged with completing a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. The university regularly purchases Energy Star-qualified products and EPEAT-certified computers and has established a fund to which alumni can donate to fund green projects.
Ole Miss has completed two greenhouse gas emissions inventories and is in the process of developing a climate action plan. To reduce energy use, the university has installed many technologies, including energy-efficient lighting and economizers, and has implemented temperature setbacks. Energy consumption in campus buildings has decreased 6 percent since 2005.
Dining services purchases locally sourced, organic food items, and fair trade coffee is served in all dining locations. To-go containers used on campus are made from recycled content and biodegradable materials, and students receive discounts for using mugs and reusable to-go containers. The university recycles electronics in addition to traditional waste and composts or mulches 100 percent of its landscaping waste.
All new buildings at Ole Miss must be built to meet LEED Certified standards. The university is currently constructing six buildings that are aiming for LEED certification, and Residential College South meets LEED Certified criteria. To conserve water, low-flow faucets and showerheads have been installed in some locations around campus.
The Green Cup and Save-A-Watt competitions encourage students to save energy and water in fraternity and sorority houses and residence halls. The Sustainability Leadership Awards program recognizes sustainability leaders in the Ole Miss and Oxford communities. Students for a Green Campus promotes the Ole Miss Green Initiative and supports a variety of sustainability initiatives across campus.
Ole Miss and the city of Oxford run a bus transit system that is fully subsidized for all students and employees. The university started a free bike-rental program in 2009 that makes 28 bikes available to all members of the campus community.
The University of Mississippi Foundation makes a list of all holdings available to the public per open records law and sends the information upon request. The foundation does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds public.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds.
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The foundation is unable to vote proxies, as the entire equity holdings of the endowment are invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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