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Report Card 2011

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University of Wyoming
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Wyoming

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Endowment: $293 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Laramie, Wyoming


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 Wyoming Campus Sustainability Committee coordinates sustainability initiatives, has implemented a climate action plan, and utilizes a revolving loan fund to partially finance installation of energy-saving technologies. More than 80 percent of appliances, electronics, and lighting purchased for the campus are Energy Star qualified, and most napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, and office paper products contain postconsumer recycled content.
UW is committed to reaching carbon neutrality, partially through the purchase of carbon offsets, by 2050, and aims to reduce real greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. In 2009, the university achieved a 2 percent reduction in emissions from 2005 levels. Wind and solar technologies have been installed on campus, and 25 percent of electricity purchased for the campus is from renewable sources.
Dining services purchases food from three local farms as well as the on-campus ACRES Student Farm. Diners who bring their own mugs receive free beverages, and 80 percent of preconsumer food waste is composted. The university diverts 38 percent of its waste from landfills, and electronic waste is collected for recycling in addition to traditional materials.
All new buildings on campus must meet or exceed LEED Silver standards. Water meters have been installed in 90 percent of buildings, and multiple energy conservation technologies have been installed across campus. The university diverts 80 percent of construction and demolition waste from landfills.
The ACRES Student Farm sells produce at farmers markets, donates to soup kitchens, and hosts its own community-supported agriculture program. The university employs four interns and six eco-reps to promote sustainability among the student body. There are four sustainability-related student groups, including the Sustainability Council, which advocates for funding from the student government for the activities of these campus sustainability student groups.
The university runs a shuttle service to on- and off-campus destinations, and the Bike Library rents out 103 bikes by the semester to the campus community. Fifty percent of students and 30 percent of employees commute to campus via environmentally preferable means.
The University of Wyoming Foundation makes a list of asset allocation, external managers, and mutual funds available to the public, as well as a list of votes cast on proxy resolutions by the managers of its mutual funds. Information is sent to individuals upon request.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds. The foundation also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The foundation is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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