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Report Card 2010

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University of Kentucky
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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B-

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Endowment: $668 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Lexington, Kentucky

Enrollment: 24,436

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 -
The President's Sustainability Advisory Committee drafted a sustainability policy statement that the president and provost approved in December 2008. The committee also organized a sustainability showcase for the campus community. The university has a sustainability coordinator in the residence life office.
The university has completed a carbon emissions inventory. An energy management system controls HVAC equipment, and lighting retrofits have been performed on half of all residential area lighting. "Flip the Switch" stickers were placed on residence hall light switches, and education programs inform students about energy consumption and conservation.
Dining services purchases a variety of produce from 18 local farms. All dining halls are trayless. The university composts preconsumer food waste and landscape waste, and recycles cooking oil. Source reduction initiatives include an end-of-semester donation drive and a surplus property reallocation program. The campus diverts approximately 31 percent of its waste from the landfill.
All state funded new construction will be built to LEED Silver standards. Low-flow showerheads have been installed in 90 percent of showers, and one quarter of all residential hall toilets are low-flow models.
The Gaining Real Environmental Experience Now (GREEN) Community has 300 student residents. The university offers more than 20 paid sustainability positions for students. An Eco-Rep program promotes sustainability through peer-to-peer education. UK Greenthumb campaigned for the recently approved student green fee, which the Student Sustainability Council will oversee. A sustainability director position exists in the student government.
The university offers reduced-rate parking permits to carpoolers and a 75 percent subsidy on student bus passes. The Wildcat Wheels bike-sharing program includes 120 bicycles, and the campus bike paths connect to paths in the surrounding community. Electric golf carts are used for maintenance operations, and some buses run on biodiesel.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to the public upon request. The university does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds/commingled funds public.
The university aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
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The university does not have the ability to vote proxies, as all equity investments are in commingled institutional funds.
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