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Report Card 2010

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University of Oklahoma
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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University of Oklahoma

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Endowment: $1,155 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Norman, Oklahoma

Enrollment: 19,462

Type: Public


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: No


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

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The University of Oklahoma Sustainability Committee implemented a paper conservation campaign, as well as a Dump the Pump campaign to increase the use of public transport. Most appliances purchased are Energy Star-labeled, and most cleaning products are Green Seal-certified.
In accordance with the Chicago Climate Exchange, the university aims to reduce carbon emissions by 1 percent of baseline levels each year. OU signed a contract to be entirely wind powered by 2013 from a source that will be fully operational in 2010. Until then, OU will purchase as much wind power as is available to the university under governing regulations.
Dining services purchases eggs and produce from seven local farms. OU also sources from a local dairy. Grass-fed beef, cage-free eggs, and fair trade coffee are featured on campus menus. Dining halls offer daily vegan options and provide discounts to those who bring a reusable mug. A trayless dining program is slated to begin fall 2009.
Some buildings have been outfitted with motion sensor lighting systems. In addition, renovations of residence halls include installation of compact fluorescent bulbs, low-flow toilets, and energy-saving washers and dryers. A high-efficiency dish washing machine has been added to the cafeteria.
The student environmental organization OUrEarth works on campus sustainability issues. The Housing and Food Services Live Green Challenge rewards the housing center that recycles the most materials and conserves the most energy in a given period.
Over one-third of the campus fleet is comprised of alternative-fuel vehicles. Cleveland Area Rapid Transit services the OU campus, as well as the surrounding area, and is free to the university community. The university is in the process of constructing a network of bicycling, walking, and jogging trails and has formed a committee to help enhance the bicycle-friendly nature of the campus.
The university makes a list of endowment holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. This information is available at the investment office. The university does not make its shareholder voting record publicly accessible.
The university aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The university does not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds.
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