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Report Card 2010

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University of Dayton
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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University of Dayton

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Endowment: $320 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Dayton, Ohio

Enrollment: 11,000

Type: Private


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 university's Committee on Environment completed a carbon footprint study in spring 2009 and drafted an action plan to reduce the school's impact. Environment is noted as a priority in both the strategic and master plans. The university purchases only Energy Star–qualified appliances and uses exclusively Green Seal cleaning products.
The University of Dayton is committed to reducing utilities usage by 10 percent during the 2009–2010 academic year. Premium efficiency motors and central boiler plant controls have been installed, and HVAC systems were upgraded for energy efficiency. Lighting has been retrofitted with more efficient fixtures, and windows have been replaced.
A new composting program was implemented in all dining locations in 2009, and the university increased its recycling diversion rate by 12.5 percent during the 2008–2009 academic year. A switch to compostable to-go containers is expected to reduce dining services' waste by 90 percent. The school's suppliers are committed to purchasing up to 15 percent of products from local sources. All coffee served on campus is certified by the Rainforest Alliance.
The university has pledged to build to LEED standards when economically feasible and two buildings currently qualify for certification. Motion sensors and daylight sensors have been installed, and laundry machines are being replaced with more efficient models. Low-flow plumbing fixtures have been installed in campus bathrooms and kitchens.
The Sustainability Club works to promote environmental stewardship on campus, and the student government has two sustainability liaisons. There is a sustainability-themed living and learning community, and orientation includes sustainability information sessions and a waste-free picnic.
A free shuttle is available for transport on campus and in the surrounding area. A quarter of the campus community commutes via environmentally preferable transportation, and a plan is in place to connect the campus bike paths to downtown Dayton and surrounding communities.
The university makes all information about endowment holdings available to the public upon request. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level is available to all members of the school community on a password-protected website.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds and community development loan funds. The endowment is exploring, but not currently invested in, on-campus sustainability projects.
Student employees vote proxies with guidelines determined by a group of senior administrators.
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