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Report Card 2010

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North Carolina State University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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North Carolina State University

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Endowment: $464 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Enrollment: 23,250

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.

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The newly reformed Campus Environmental Sustainability Team Administrative Advisory Council allows any member of the campus community to participate in crafting sustainability policy. Three full-time staff members work within the University Sustainability Office. Sustainability is a part of the campus master plan and one of the university focus areas is energy and the environment. The university is an EPA Energy Star Partner.
NC State has completed their first greenhouse gas inventory and is beginning the Climate Action Planning process. The residence hall PackPulse pilot program provides real-time electricity data to residents via monitors in order to encourage energy conservation through competition. Other steps to increase energy efficiency include holiday temperature setbacks, HVAC retrocommissions and performance contracts. LED lighting has been installed across campus and a solar photovoltaic array is housed on campus.
University Dining purchases poultry, pork and produce from five local farms and serves milk and ice cream from the campus dairy. Removing trays in dining halls has saved the university 51,000 gallons of water weekly. A discount is given on beverages with a reusable mug. The annual Pack N Go Sale sells unwanted materials from the residence halls, with proceeds used to implement sustainability initiatives.
All new building projects and major renovations will be a minimum of LEED Silver certified . Condensate collection systems and several rainwater catchment systems have been installed across campus help increase water efficiency. Many buildings feature low-flow toilets and faucets.
There is a sustainability commission within Student Government as well as a sustainability committee of the Inter-Residence Council. The Wolfpack Environmental Student Association works to promote sustainability on campus including local food and sustainable housing issues. The campus community reduced water consumption by 29 percent during the Water Competition.
The university has a program called Wolftrails that promotes the use of alternative transportation. NC State University uses B20 fuel in all of its trucks and buses. The university community has free use of an extensive network of public transportation that accesses the campus, downtown, and regional destinations. The Campus Paths program works to improve walkways, greenways, commuter and transit paths, and pedestrian footpaths.
The university makes a list of external managers, mutual funds, private equity holdings, and cash holdings available to the public online. The university does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds or commingled funds public.
The university and the NC State Investment Fund, Inc., aim to optimize investment return and are currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The university does not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds.
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