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Report Card 2010

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Florida Atlantic University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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B-
Florida Atlantic University

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Endowment: $142 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Boca Raton, Florida

Enrollment: 13,093

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 -
Florida Atlantic University plans to adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy and has entered into a new custodial contract requiring 100 percent green cleaning supplies. The Campus Sustainability Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students. The committee has addressed issues of carpooling, source reduction, and trayless dining. The strategic plan addresses sustainability within the physical environment.
Along with taking steps to fulfill the Presidents' Climate Commitment requirements, FAU is working to identify and implement energy-saving opportunities and projects. Designated Green Rooms showcase Energy Star appliances and identify ways in which each student can conserve energy.
FAU serves hormone-free meats and cage-free eggs. Fish is purchased in accordance with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines. Dining services has implemented a trayless dining program and only uses reusable dishware. Four vegan entrees are offered daily. All yard clippings are composted or recycled.
FAU has adopted a policy for all new construction to be built to LEED Silver standards at a minimum. The Pine Jog Environmental Education Center and the College of Nursing building have both received LEED Gold certification. Low-flow showerheads have been installed in some buildings, as well as energy-efficient lighting.
The Green Living Learning Community will house 16 freshmen in fall 2009 who will address issues of sustainability; such issues are also discussed in the new-student guide book. The housing department has held competitions between buildings for the largest reduction in energy consumption. The Mission Green Student Association is a grassroots, campaign-based student organization. The Student Sustainability Committee was created in 2009 and serves as a partnership between the Mission Green Student Association, student government, and the Campus Sustainability Committee. The committee plans to implement green initiatives in campus buildings.
A shuttle runs between campus and the Tri-Rail station, and employees can receive discount transit passes. The university plans to start running an on-campus shuttle in fall 2009. Carpoolers receive reduced-rate parking permits and reserved parking. Designated parking spaces exist for electric and hybrid cars, and the university fleet contains two hybrid vehicles.
The Florida Atlantic University Foundation makes neither its shareholder voting record nor its list of endowment holdings public. This information is available only to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community.
The foundation aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
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The foundation does not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled funds.
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