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Report Card 2007

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University of North Carolina
College Sustainability Report Card 2007

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School details:

Endowment: $1,100 million as of June 30, 2006

Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina


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  
UNC at Chapel Hill has a sustainability policy that has been endorsed by the Chancellor's Cabinet. In addition to the Sustainability Coordinator already on staff, an Energy Manager and a Sustainability Program Assistant are being added to a staff that is increasingly devoted to sustainability initiatives at the University. The Vice Chancellor's Sustainability Advisory Committee recommends long-term sustainability goals and undergraduate students have the opportunity for involvement through the Sustainability Coalition. The University also has an Environmental Finance Center and committees dedicated to renewable energy and other initiatives
Energy conservation awareness teams have been established to promote conservation efforts. Lighting upgrades, an Energy Star program, a cogeneration plant, carbon emissions inventories and other programs demonstrate the University’s commitment. Other accomplishments include solar thermal panels for heating purposes on one new dormitory and students voting for $4, and later $8, fee increases in order to provide funding to purchase renewable energy credits.
Students are currently advocating that dining services use more local, organic foods in their menus. Food scraps are donated to local farms or composted and used as mulch on campus. The Waste Reduction and Recycling Office manages a recycling program that has a 39 percent diversion rate.
UNC at Chapel Hill has updated their Design and Construction Guidelines to require that new buildings are designed to a LEED Silver performance level, even if they do not follow through with obtaining certification.
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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