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Report Card 2011

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University of North Dakota–Grand Forks
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of North Dakota–Grand Forks

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Endowment: $101 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Grand Forks, North Dakota


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 North Dakota is formally committed to sustainability through the publication of its climate action plan in 2010. The Council on Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability addresses issues such as energy, transportation, and waste reduction. The university regularly purchases Energy Star-qualified products and environmentally preferable paper products.
The university has completed greenhouse gas emissions inventories and aims to reduce emissions to 49 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Since 2000, the university has achieved an 11.5 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions due in part to the installation of energy efficiency technologies such as heat recovery systems, energy-efficient lighting, and HVAC system upgrades. Sixty-five percent of electricity purchased for the campus comes from renewable sources.
Dining services purchases local food items, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef and chicken, and seafood that meets Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines. Fair trade coffee is served in several dining locations, and a discount is offered for the use of a reusable mug. UND's recycling program diverts nearly 500 tons of waste material from area landfills annually and collects electronic waste in addition to traditional materials.
The university targets LEED standards for new construction projects. University Place, a new apartment-style housing complex, was built to LEED standards from recycled building materials and includes natural stormwater filtration and erosion control systems. The university has reduced water consumption levels since 2005 through the installation of technologies such as building water metering and low-flow faucets and showerheads.
The student-run Environmental Conservation Organization promotes environmental awareness and conservation through on-campus programming. Fourteen student eco-reps encourage sustainable lifestyles among their peers.
Free transportation is provided around campus and to the airport through the university's shuttle and bus system. UND's vehicle fleet includes several hybrids, electric vehicles, and vehicles equipped for biodiesel use, as well as about 30 flex-fuel vehicles.
The university makes a list of all endowment holdings available to the public at the investment office. The university does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual/commingled funds public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds and on-campus energy efficiency projects.
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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