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Report Card 2009

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University of Tulsa
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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D+
University of Tulsa

School details:

  Grade higher than last year

 

Endowment: $915 million as of June 30, 2007

Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Enrollment: 4,174

Type: Private

 

Campus Survey: Yes

Dining Survey: Yes

Endowment Survey: No

 

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

 
Overall grade  
D +
The university employs one full-time and one part-time sustainability staff member. The Sustainability Committee has student, staff, and faculty representation. Student government, as well as other student and staff volunteers on the Sustainability Committee, provide assistance with implementation of sustainability programs.
Energy management systems at the university have been centralized to ensure optimum operation of cooling towers, chillers, and boilers. Academic buildings use Energy Star computers and compact fluorescent and motion-sensor lighting; athletic and residential facilities use low-flow showerheads. In addition, employees receive three paid “energy conservation” holidays, as well as half days on Fridays during June and July, reducing energy consumption during peak energy months.
Fair trade coffee is served on campus and organic produce and smoothies are available. Dining services participates in a waste grease recycling program that generates biodiesel fuel. The university offers reusable bags and mugs, which can be used for a discount.
The university has set a goal for all new design projects to comply with LEED standards. New construction projects follow ASHRAE principles regarding building envelope and air conditioning design. Efficient daylight and energy usage are incorporated into new construction.
Students help organize Earth Day events on campus, and the student association is planning a thermostat challenge and a Lights Off campaign to encourage energy conservation. Students on the Sustainability Committee performed a waste audit prior to the implementation of an expanded recycling program.
Free compressed natural gas shuttles provide students and employees with an alternative mode of transportation. Restricted parking encourages walking on campus. A bike-lending program makes bicycles available to the campus community.
The university has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record.
The university aims to optimize investment return 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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