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Report Card 2010

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University of Miami
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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University of Miami

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Endowment: $538 million as of May 31, 2009

Location: Coral Gables, Florida

Enrollment: 14,088

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 of Miami's full-time sustainability coordinator chairs a committee that plans and coordinates sustainability projects and events. A green purchasing policy was implemented in 2009 to encourage business with sustainable suppliers. The university maintains a comprehensive green initiatives website.
The university purchased renewable energy credits in 2008 to offset emissions from a research building for two years. A centralized underground chilled water loop system provides cooling for many campus buildings. The university is in the process of developing a climate action plan that will set specific greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Dining facilities serve local and sustainably-produced foods, including cage-free eggs and antibiotic-free pork, chicken, and milk. All seafood purchased by the university meets Seafood Watch guidelines. Currently, 50 percent of campus landscape waste in mulched.
The university's sustainable building policy commits all new construction and major renovations to achieving LEED Silver standards or higher. There are six LEED-certified buildings on campus, and two more pursuing LEED Silver certification.
The Living the Green Life residence hall engages students in sustainable living and regularly measures energy consumption. Students are involved with the Green U Student Roundtable, which advises the university on sustainable projects and events. Students are also working to create a community garden on campus.
The university maintains a fleet of biodiesel buses that run throughout campus and to local destinations. Created in 2008, the UBike program offers bikes, helmets, and other accessories to students at discounted rates. A car-sharing program provides access to six vehicles, one of which is a hybrid.
The university makes a list of endowment holdings available at the investment office to trustees, senior administrators, and other 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 provides guidelines that encourage its investment managers to act in a prudent manner when considering socially responsible investment issues.
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