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Report Card 2009

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University of Arkansas–Fayetteville
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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University of Arkansas–Fayetteville

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Endowment: $877 million as of June 30, 2007

Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Enrollment: 17,269

Type: Public


Campus Survey: Yes

Dining Survey: Yes

Endowment Survey: Yes


Data compiled from independent research and survey responses from schools. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology  section.

Overall grade  
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Former Chancellor White signed the Presidents Climate Commitment. The newly formed UA Sustainability Council has approved the UA Environmental Stewardship Mission Statement and has formed seven working groups to begin addressing its goals. The Sustainability Program has one full-time director and two part-time research assistants, plus work-study students to assist as needed.
The university recently completed a baseline greenhouse gas inventory that will be publicly available on its website. The school completed efficiency upgrades to the Poultry Science Center for Excellence and campus steam plant, and plans to invest $30 million over the next 18 months in energy efficiency projects.
The university offers fair trade coffee, sustainable seafood, organic yogurt, cage-free eggs, and hormone-free pork and chicken, and contracts with a local dairy. Razorback Recycling has a 33 percent diversion rate and assists the athletics department in running a recycling initiative at all sporting events that boasts a 50 percent diversion rate.
All new construction must be built to LEED Silver standards or the Green Globes Two Globes specifications. The university's Innovation Center has achieved LEED certification, and seven other buildings, including four residence facilities, have been built in accordance with the university's green building policy.
The student government president serves as a cochair on the UA Sustainability Council. The group Students for Environmental Sustainability hosted the university's first ever Earth Day in 2008, which included a stream cleanup. The Sustainability Program offers work-study opportunities to students.
Various departments use a total of 18 alternative-fuel vehicles, including a delivery truck that runs on used oil from the campus kitchens. The free Razorback Transit service offered 1.2 million rides during the 2007–2008 academic year, many to non-students. The Razorbikes bike-sharing program currently has 11 bikes and plans to add another 35 bikes by next year.
The university makes information on endowment holdings and its proxy voting record available to the public by request, as per open records laws. This information is available at the investment office.
The university aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The university provides its investment managers with guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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