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Report Card 2011

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Boise State University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Boise State University

School details:

Endowment: $65 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Boise, Idaho


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


An application was submitted by Sara Shultz to have this school evaluated in the College Sustainability Report Card 2011 . A contribution was made to cover the cost of inclusion.  Learn more about how a school can apply for inclusion.  


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.


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Boise State University's Campus Sustainability Advisory Board has created new sustainability-related courses, signed an agreement with local transit, and features local food in dining halls. The Office of Campus Sustainability is headed by a member of the engineering faculty who reports to the president and guides sustainability efforts throughout campus. The university also purchases 100 percent-recycled paper towels.
The university has installed numerous energy efficiency technologies on campus, including steam trap systems, energy-efficient lighting, and energy management systems. Solar power will soon be generated on campus, and a solar hot water system has been installed. Twenty-seven percent of energy purchased for the campus is generated from hydropower.
Boise State buys local produce and serves some fair trade coffee on campus. All dining halls are trayless and offer only biodegradable disposable dishware. Used cooking oil is reused to produce biodiesel. The university has recently initiated a limited printing program and donates unwanted goods from move-out to local food banks and thrift stores.
Boise State is finalizing its policy regarding high-performance buildings and is nearing the completion of two new buildings on campus that incorporate green features. The university has installed weather-informed irrigation throughout campus, and all new landscaping is done with drought-tolerant plants. Stormwater is managed through the use of retention ponds.
The university employs two paid sustainability interns, and the student government includes a secretary of equities and conservation. The Sustainability Club works on issues ranging from planning a community garden to educating the university about energy issues. The Greenspeed student group designs and races vegetable oil-powered vehicles.
The university fleet includes 25 electric vehicles. Carpoolers receive discounted and preferential parking, and all students, faculty, and staff ride regional buses and the on-campus shuttle for free. Boise State has recently partnered with a car-sharing program and is in the midst of crafting a revised master plan for a more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly campus.
The Boise State University Foundation 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 is made available only to trustees.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The foundation provides its investment managers with specific guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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