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Report Card 2011

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University of New Hampshire
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of New Hampshire

School details:

Endowment: $121 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Durham, New Hampshire

 

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.

 
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The University of New Hampshire integrates sustainability in its master and strategic plans and across its CORE—curriculum, operations, research, and engagement. UNH has multiple committees that address sustainability issues such as transportation, climate, and energy. The university employs the equivalent of 13 full-time sustainability staff and regularly purchases Energy Star and EPEAT-labeled products.
Since 2003, UNH has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 19 percent, and aims for a 50 percent reduction from 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. Through the EcoLine project, UNH utilizes landfill gas to meet up to 85 percent of campus energy needs, and sells the associated renewable energy certificates in order to invest in additional energy efficiency projects on campus.
Dining services purchases locally sourced, organic foods, as well as produce from an on-campus farm. The university composts 92 tons of pre- and postconsumer food waste annually and recycles electronics in addition to traditional materials.
The university requires that all new construction and major renovation projects meet LEED Silver standards. James Hall is LEED Gold certified and includes a greywater system, lighting sensors, and heat recovery systems. There are also eight Energy Star-labeled buildings on campus. Recently installed low-flow water fixtures are expected to save more than 5 million gallons of water per year.
The Student Energy Waste Watch Challenge has reduced energy and water costs by over $100,000 since 2006. Students can live in the Green Living residential community and participate in a variety of other sustainability-related organizations, including Ecological Advocates, the Energy Club, and the Organic Gardening Club.
The university runs a free shuttle system with on- and off-campus routes and links to regional bus and train services. On-campus train and bus pickup, along with bike-sharing, car-sharing, and ride-matching programs, encourage the use of alternative transportation. UNH is transitioning its fleet of diesel vehicles to use B20 low-sulfur diesel and has a compressed natural gas fueling station on campus.
The University System of New Hampshire and the UNH Foundation make a list of asset allocation, external managers, and mutual funds available to the public. Information is sent upon request.
The university and the foundation aim to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds. The university and the foundation are also exploring investment in community development loan funds. The university works with investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors, and donors can request that gifts be directed into sustainable and socially responsible investment options.
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The university and the foundation do not have the ability to vote proxies, as both endowments are invested entirely in mutual funds. UNH has sent letters to the managers of its mutual funds regarding university investments.
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