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Report Card 2010

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University of Arkansas–Fayetteville
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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University of Arkansas–Fayetteville

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Endowment: $856 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Enrollment: 14,814

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  
C +
The university's environmental mission statement identifies a dozen categories in which the school aims to develop sustainable practices. The Sustainability Council has formed seven working groups to address issues of energy, water, and student awareness. The university has a full-time sustainability coordinator, and the Applied Sustainability Center is staffed by six full-time and three part-time employees.
The university has committed to reduce its emissions to 1990 levels by 2021, which will be a 33.8 percent reduction below 2008 levels. A draft of the school's climate action plan is publicly available online. Two energy savings performance contracts include a range of energy conservation measures across campus, and an upgrade of utility plant facilities has improved heating and cooling efficiency.
All three campus dining halls went trayless in fall 2008, saving more than 200,000 gallons of hot water over the course of the year. The university offers fair trade coffee, sustainably caught seafood, organic yogurt, and cage-free eggs, and contracts with a local dairy. Razorback Recycling has a 35 percent diversion rate, and all fryer oil is recycled into vehicle fuel.
All new construction must be built to LEED Silver standards or the Green Globes Two Globes specifications. The university's Innovation Center has achieved LEED certification; its Duncan Avenue Apartments have achieved Green Globes certification; and eleven other buildings meet LEED Silver criteria.
Seventeen teams entered the Students F1rst Sustainability Competition in 2009 in which students developed practical innovations to decrease energy use on campus. The top three finishers were awarded cash prizes. The student government president serves as a cochair on the UA Sustainability Council.
The Razorbikes program, initiated in 2008, has grown to include 25 bikes. Razorback Transit provides shuttle service on campus and to major off-campus living and shopping areas. The school’s vehicle fleet includes two hybrids and seven on-road vehicles that run on biodiesel.
The university makes asset allocation, a list of external managers, and a list of mutual funds available to trustees, senior administrators, and select members of the school community. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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