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Report Card 2008

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University of Connecticut
College Sustainability Report Card 2008

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University of Connecticut–Storrs

School details:

Endowment: $336 million as of June 30, 2007

Location: Storrs, Connecticut


Campus Survey: Yes

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No


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

Overall grade  
The University of Connecticut has an environmental policy advisory council and an environmental policy statement, which has active working groups for each subtopic. There is a system-wide director of environmental policy and several environmental compliance analysts, plus student interns and a part-time sustainability coordinator. The EcoHusky student group is active, as well.
A greenhouse gas emissions inventory has been conducted from 2004–2007. President Austin signed the New England Governor’s Campus Climate Change Action Pledge, and over 3,100 lightbulbs have been replaced across campus to be more efficient. The EcoMadness dorm competition aims to reduce energy and water usage.
Dining services partners with Local Routes, which buys from Connecticut- and New England-based suppliers, and holds educational events. One dining hall features a sustainable dining program and purchases cage-free eggs and food from the UConn organic garden. The university has recently received budgetary approval to construct a $600,000 campus compost facility that will begin with manure and leaves, and possibly using food in the future. There is a comprehensive recycling program, including electronics and sneakers.
A university sustainable design and construction policy calls for LEED Silver certification for all projects worth more than $5 million. The Campus Sustainable Design Guidelines augment LEED policies and will apply to over $1 billion in scheduled construction projects over the next eight years. The university is the home to the first LEED-certified NCAA athletic facility, which achieved a Silver rating and includes many innovative features.
The campus has its own biodiesel production lab that processes 6,000 gallons per year, which supplies fuel for university shuttles. The UConn Fleet Fuel Efficiency Workgroup is currently studying fuel alternatives for the university’s fleet. The Campus Bicycle Network Plan was adopted in 2005.
The university and the University of Connecticut Foundation have no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or shareholder voting records. Therefore, there is no known ability to access this information.
The university and the University of Connecticut Foundation aim to optimize investment return and have not made any public statements about investigating or investing in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The university and the University of Connecticut Foundation have not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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