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Report Card 2007

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University of Kansas
College Sustainability Report Card 2007

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University of Kansas–Lawrence

School details:

Endowment: $1,000 million as of June 30, 2006

Location: Lawrence, Kansas


Campus Survey: Yes

Endowment Survey: No


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
C -
The provost appointed a Sustainability Task Force in 2004 to research the feasibility of developing a hub for research and project implementation that would address environmental issues and work to make campus operations more environmentally sustainable. Currently, the student senate has a standing Student Environmental Advisory Board and the University has also adopted an environmental policy. One full-time and a several part-time employees work on sustainability issues through the Environmental Stewardship Program, which provides recycling services and works with campus organizations to educate students, faculty, and staff about waste reduction, recycling, and resource conservation through a network of recycling representatives and at special events throughout the year.
Energy Performance Contracting, which involves energy audits, efficient maintenance, and utilities upgrading, has provided the University with $2.5 million annually in energy savings. The student union's energy management system was recently upgraded, as were the motor drives, A/C units, and lighting fixtures in many student residences. A geothermal heating and cooling system was also installed in one student residence. The student senate is investigating the possibility of purchasing green energy.
Food waste is incorporated with campus grounds waste for composting, and some of the University's strongest efforts in regard to sustainability have gone into the recycling program.
The University's building policy requires that all new buildings meet the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1 for energy efficiency at a minimum.
The University has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record.
The University prioritizes investing to maximize profit and has not made any public statements about investigating or investing in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The University has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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