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Report Card 2011

University of New Brunswick
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of New Brunswick

School details:

 Grade higher than last year

 

Endowment: $104 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

 

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+
The University of New Brunswick addresses sustainability in its campus master plan, and the sustainability committee has addressed issues such as energy conservation, green building, and transportation. The university also employs a full-time campus sustainability officer. A green purchasing policy mandates the purchase of environmentally preferable paper, cleaning products, and lightbulbs.
The university has reduced greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent since 1990 and has decreased energy consumption through measures such as HVAC system upgrades and the installation of heat recovery systems and energy-efficient lighting. A natural gas-burning microturbine produces renewable energy on campus, and the university has undertaken a $7 million campus-wide energy audit and retrofit program.
Dining services purchases locally sourced, organic food items as well as vegetarian-fed beef and fair trade coffee. Drink discounts are offered to users of reusable mugs, and biodegradable to-go containers are used at dining locations. The university recycles electronics in addition to traditional materials and runs a move-out materials collection program.
The University Commons is on track to achieving LEED Gold certification. Water consumption has decreased since 2005 through the installation of technologies such as waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets, and low-flow faucets and showerheads. A green building policy is currently under development.
In 2008, UNB launched a carbon neutral orientation week, during which all students receive paperless orientation kits and a steel water bottle. The Residence Energy Conservation Challenge has led to reductions in energy use across campus. The Student Union Green Committee works with the administration to develop sustainability-focused programming for students, and there are three additional sustainability-related student groups on campus.
Students receive a 75 percent discount on public bus passes, and the Safe Ride program provides transportation to off-campus residences. A bike-sharing program began in 2009, and a ride-matching program is also available. Sixty-four percent of students commute to campus via environmentally preferable means.
The university makes a list of all holdings, as well as a list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, available to the public per open records law.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in on-campus sustainability projects. The university is also exploring investment in community development and renewable energy funds.
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The university is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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