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Report Card 2011

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Abilene Christian University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Abilene Christian University

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Endowment: $238 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Abilene, Texas


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: No


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

Overall grade  
D +
In 2008, the president of Abilene Christian University announced the creation of an environmental task force and the implementation of a climate action plan. The university is also a signatory of the Evangelical Environmental Network's Evangelical Declaration on the Care of Creation. The university purchases Energy Star-qualified laundry appliances and copy machines, as well as recycled napkins and toilet paper. Green tips are incorporated into monthly staff bulletins.
Abilene is in the process of completing a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. It has installed several energy-efficient technologies, including LED lighting and lighting sensors. The university also purchases 30 percent of its energy from renewable sources.
Abilene dining services spends 50 percent of its food budget on locally grown and produced food, and serves exclusively sustainably harvested seafood. Abilene has a trayless program and serves fair trade coffee at all locations. The university composts landscaping waste and coffee grounds. Excess food and unwanted household goods from move-out are donated to local charities.
The university requires that new construction be energy efficient and take advantage of natural light. Abilene has installed numerous water-conserving technologies, including laundry machines, leak detection and reduction, and low-flow faucets and showerheads.
The ACU Environmental Society was founded recently to raise awareness on sustainability issues, and the ACU Outdoor Club is working to convert the campus's energy source from coal to wind power, and to create a local greenway.
The university's fleet includes eight 100 percent electric vehicles. Its small, pedestrian-friendly campus does not have any through streets.
The Abilene Christian University Foundation has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns and has not made any public statements about exploring or investing in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The foundation has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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