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Report Card 2011

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University of Nebraska–Lincoln
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Nebraska–Lincoln

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Endowment: $965 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Lincoln, Nebraska


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Please note: This school did not respond to any of the three administrator surveys. The data used for both the profile and grading was compiled from independent research. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology section.  


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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A sustainability component is included in the University of Nebraska's master plan. The Chancellor's Commission on Environmental Sustainability has worked on initiatives related to climate, water, and waste reduction, and an employee works part time coordinating green initiatives on campus. The university purchases Energy Star appliances, postconsumer recycled paper products, and EPEAT-certified computers.
Over half of the university's electricity is supplied through low-impact hydropower. The university has installed energy-saving technologies such as energy management systems, LED lighting, and steam line insulation around campus. Chillers in the university's central plant have been replaced with more efficient units, and a building on campus is being renovated with a geothermal heat pump.
Dining services directly purchases produce, pasture-raised beef, eggs, and nuts from 34 local farms through its Good, Fresh, Local program. Organic, hormone- and antibiotic-free, vegetarian-fed, and/or sustainably raised food products are purchased as well. Trays have been eliminated from most dining halls, and used cooking oil is recycled for biodiesel production. The university recently purchased 200 new recycling receptacles for the campus.
The university features one LEED Silver-certified building, nine buildings that meet LEED standards, and twelve buildings that meet LEED-EB criteria. The East Campus Activities Building has been outfitted with low-flow showerheads, and landscaping incorporates drought-resistant plants to save water.
The Natural Resources Residence Hall houses students who are interested in discussing solutions to environmental concerns. The university employs a paid student sustainability intern. The student group Ecology Now works to increase awareness of environmental issues, and the Environmental Resource Center provides tips and resources on green living.
Access to the entire Lincoln City transit system is subsidized at a 90 percent discount for students and a 70 percent discount for faculty and staff. Approximately one-third of the university fleet runs on flex-fuel or 5 percent biodiesel. Carpoolers receive priority reserved parking, and an on-campus bike shop offers bike rentals and maintenance services.
The university and the University of Nebraska Foundation make a list of all holdings available to the public. This information is sent to individuals upon request. The university and foundation do not make shareholder voting records public.
The university and the foundation aim to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is not invested in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The university and the foundation ask that investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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