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Report Card 2011

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University of South Florida
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of South Florida

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Endowment: $315 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Tampa, Florida


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 South Florida has a formal sustainability policy and incorporates sustainability in the campus master plan and strategic plan. The Sustainability Initiative Steering Committee works to improve sustainability on campus. The sustainability office employs eight staff members, and the school is in the process of implementing a green purchasing policy.
USF has conducted a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and is working to reduce emissions with the aid of carbon offsets. To decrease energy use, heat recovery systems, lighting systems, and energy-efficient lighting fixtures have been installed. The school conducts audits of individual energy use and has energy monitoring displays on campus. The school also generates renewable energy through the use of solar panels, and purchases electricity from renewable sources.
Dining services spends 28 percent of its food budget on local products, and purchases some hormone- and antibiotic-free ice cream products. Fair trade coffee and tea are served at some dining locations, and students who use reusable mugs receive discounted refills. Trayless dining has saved USF 32,992 gallons of water per year. The university recycles electronics, traditional materials, and used cooking oil.
The campus master plan includes policies that support green building initiatives. Two buildings are being evaluated for LEED Gold certification, and several others meet LEED criteria. USF has installed water metering technology, lighting sensors, and LED lighting in all buildings, as well as low-flow showerheads and dual-flush toilets in some buildings.
The Green Living Learning Community, which began in 2009, gives 25 students the opportunity to enhance sustainability programming and encourage student participation in campus initiatives. New students receive information from the sustainability office at orientation. The university also employs eight student sustainability interns. The campus is home to many student sustainability groups, including the USF Student Community Gardens, the Student Environmental Association, and Emerging Green Builders.
USF offers preferred parking for carpoolers and is working on a large-scale ride-sharing program. Students receive a UPASS, which allows them to ride local public transportation for free, and the university runs the biodiesel-powered Bull Runner Shuttle for free travel around campus and neighboring communities. Bike-sharing and car-sharing programs are set to begin in fall 2010.
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. This information is available at the investment office and is sent to individuals upon request.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The university provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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