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Report Card 2009

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University of New Brunswick
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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University of New Brunswick

School details:

Endowment: $173 million as of December 31, 2007

Location: Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Enrollment: 9,500

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  
The University of New Brunswick has a full-time sustainability project officer, as well as guidelines for purchasing green cleaning materials.
UNB has calculated its greenhouse gas emissions. Solar power is used for campus lighting and to power a lab in Head Hall. The university has installed a natural gas-burning microturbine at the central heating plant to produce 100 kilowatts of electricity for the university.
All produce is purchased from a local supplier, who, in turn, purchases from local farmers. Milk and dairy products are obtained from a local dairy. A student-run computer donation program has resulted in very few UNB computers ending up in the landfill.
Many buildings utilize recycled content and locally sourced building materials and have undergone lighting efficiency upgrades.
An active student group, Engineers Without Borders, focuses on sustainability initiatives. The university sponsors educational Sustainability Days and Earth Day events.
Dedicated bicycle paths and storage are available on campus. Transit stops on campus make public transportation accessible to students. The campus master plan and the master utilities plan seek to make UNB pedestrian-friendly.
The university makes a list of endowment holdings and its shareholder voting record available primarily to the school community, but also to the public. This information is available at the investment office or is sent to individuals upon request.
The university aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The university does not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds.
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