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Report Card 2010

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University of Alaska–Anchorage
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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B-
University of Alaska–Anchorage

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Endowment: $198 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Enrollment: 6,717

Type: Public

 

Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: No

 

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

 
Overall grade  
B -
The university hired its first full-time sustainability director in 2009 and established a sustainability office, complete with a mission and charter developed by the sustainability council. The strategic plan, master plan, and energy policy for the university all address the school’s commitment to long-term sustainability. Custodial staff use only environmentally sustainable products.
UAA has completed a carbon emissions inventory, and the Chancellor’s Sustainability Council recently drafted a carbon emission reduction plan. Heating in office and classroom buildings is adjusted based on occupancy, and HVAC systems are upgraded or replaced periodically.
UAA’s dining halls went trayless in fall 2008. On-campus restaurants offer discounts to customers with reusable mugs and bottles, and UAA dining halls provide reusable take-out containers. Dining services purchases milk from a local dairy and serves vegan entrees on a daily basis. The university composts 95 percent of its landscape waste.
The facilities master plan calls for project-wide sustainability in construction projects, and one campus building meets LEED-certified criteria. UAA has installed LED lights in parking lots, as well as on all building signage. New buildings and renovations are outfitted with low-flow faucets and showerheads.
New-student orientation introduces freshmen to the Office of Sustainability and to sustainability activities in which they can participate. The student government’s sustainability committee and the Sustainable Energy Society organize educational events on environmental themes. The Bike Club encourages students to commute by bicycle and has raised money to provide covers for the bike racks on campus.
Students, faculty, and staff can ride Anchorage buses for free, and the Seawolf Shuttle runs between student housing and campus. The school’s recycling truck can burn both diesel and vegetable oil, and the university tries to run it on vegetable oil as often as possible.
The University of Alaska Foundation makes a list of external managers available to the public, per open record law, and sends the information upon request. It makes a list of all holdings available on a password-protected website to trustees, senior administrators, and select members of the school community. The foundation does not make its shareholder voting record public.
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.
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