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Report Card 2009

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University of Missouri–Columbia
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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University of Missouri–Columbia

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Endowment: $1,098 million as of June 30, 2007

Location: Columbia, Missouri

Enrollment: 27,003

Type: Public


Campus Survey: No

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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Each year since 2003, the Environmental Affairs Committee has issued an update report on the impacts of campus affairs on the environment. The University of Missouri has no known policy relating to campus-wide sustainability initiatives.
The university's power plant began replacing portions of its coal supply with biomass wood chips and tire chips, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by thousands of tons. The university has replaced more than 98 percent of all exterior lighting and more than 85 percent of all interior lighting with energy-efficient lighting.
In 2007, dining services purchased from 15 local food suppliers, including a dairy. Dining services occasionally purchases beef and pork from the University Meat Lab. On average, 20 percent of campus waste is diverted for recycling. The university is launching a pilot compost project in one location.
The University of Missouri aims to incorporate sustainability principles and concepts in the design of all construction projects. Some buildings currently incorporate sustainable design features, but none have sought LEED certification.
Sustain Mizzou is an active student organization on campus working on sustainability issues. The group currently cultivates a community garden, organizes recycling collection at football games, runs a sustainable-living magazine, participates in nature clean-ups, and promotes bike transportation on campus.
A university program was implemented in 2006 requiring that at least 50 percent of non-exempt fleet vehicles purchased be alternatively fueled. The university provides shuttle and bus transit options, and discounted metro bus tickets are available for campus community members.
The university makes a list of endowment holdings available to the public by request, as per open records laws. This information is sent to individuals upon request. The university does not make its shareholder voting record publicly accessible.
The university aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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