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Report Card 2010

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Carleton University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Carleton University

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Endowment: $189 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Enrollment: 19,207

Type: Public


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


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

Overall grade  
B -
The Carleton University strategic plan includes a commitment to sustainable development. The university hired a sustainability officer in April 2009, as per a recommendation by the Sustainability Task Force. In fall 2009, a multistakeholder sustainability committee that reports to the vice president for administration and finance will convene. Residence appliances and computers are Energy Star-certified.
The university has replaced nearly 80 percent of incandescent lights with fluorescent bulbs, and 60 percent of exit signs with LEDs. Automatic lighting controls have been installed in 65 percent of buildings, and four campus buildings have had their chillers replaced. Starting in the fall, the Green Team will focus on sustainable practices, including reducing energy consumption and purchasing energy-efficient equipment.
Carleton University purchases local food when available. Dining halls offer cage-free eggs, exclusively fair trade coffee, as well as hormone-free meat and sustainably caught seafood. Pre- and postconsumer food waste is composted, and all dining halls are trayless.
Carleton strives to achieve three globes, in the Green Globes building assessment, in all new construction. There is one green building on campus. Many fixtures and toilets are low-flow, and some buildings feature waterless urinals. All laundry machines are water-efficient. Some buildings' windows use shaded glass to reduce the necessity for cooling.
The Carleton Sustainable Campus Network and Carleton University Students for the Environment are two of fifteen organizations that work toward goals such as campus waste, gardening, nature preservation, local food, and energy use. The university also offers office- and dorm-based sustainability jobs for students.
The master plan specifies that campus development must encourage the use of bicycles as a means of transportation around campus. A bike-sharing pilot program will launch this fall. A free shuttle bus goes to the nearby University of Ottawa campus. Electric golf carts are used to transport goods around campus.
The university makes a list of all holdings available only to trustees and senior administrators, and a list of external managers available to the public. This information is available at the investment office and is sent to individuals upon request. Proxy voting records are available to the public per open record law; some of these records are made available online by one of the university's investment managers while others are made available upon request.
The university is currently reviewing a policy to consider sustainability factors in investments.
Most of the endowment is invested in commingled funds. For other investments, the university provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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