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Report Card 2010

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University of San Francisco
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Courtesy of Universit of San Francisco

School details:

  Grade higher than last year

  Campus Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $165 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: San Francisco, California

Enrollment: 7,978

Type: Private


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  
B +
The University of San Francisco has three part-time sustainability staff who work with the Green Team Committee to oversee sustainability initiatives on campus. The university's strategic plan calls on the campus community to behave in an environmentally ethical manner. The university is a signatory of the Talloires Declaration, and President Privett has recently signed the Presidents' Climate Commitment.
USF has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and produces 18 percent of its electricity with photovoltaic panels. The university also uses a cogeneration plant and solar hot water systems.
USF buys 85 percent of its food from farms within a 150-mile radius. The university also purchases exclusively cage-free eggs and confinement-free chicken, hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken and dairy products, and fair trade coffee. All dining facilities run pre- and postconsumer compost programs, and dining services has achieved a diversion rate of 70 percent.
The board of trustees has developed a policy to build all future construction projects to meet LEED Gold standards. The university's Center for Science and Innovation is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification, and the Kalmanovitz Hall renovation meets LEED-EB certification criteria. The university has installed low-flow showerheads and faucets and efficient washing machines in existing campus buildings.
The Garden Project is a sustainability-themed housing option for first-year students. The student groups EnVision, Back to da Roots, and Trust the Tap work to increase environmental awareness and implement sustainability initiatives on campus.
USF's campus fleet includes electric vehicles. The university subsidizes employees' public transportation costs by up to $50 each month and offers students free bus passes. Carpoolers receive free parking passes. The university also has a car-sharing program that uses only hybrid vehicles.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is sent upon request to all members of the school community including faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in alternative investment funds that include renewable energy investments. The university’s investment policy includes a socially responsible portion that provides general guiding principles for evaluating investment opportunities.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting on corporate governance matters and provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes on environmental and social resolutions.
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