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Report Card 2011

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Bradley University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Bradley University

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Endowment: $206 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Peoria, Illinois


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


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  
C -
The Bradley University Sustainability and Recycling Committee has addressed such issues as climate, energy, and waste reduction. A staff member is partially devoted to coordinating on-campus sustainability projects.
The university has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 3 percent since 2005. Energy-saving measures utilized on campus include temperature setbacks, the use of energy management systems and gas-fired hydronic heating systems, and lighting retrofits. The university purchases 3 percent of its electricity from renewable sources and engages in awareness campaigns to encourage members of the campus community to reduce energy use.
Dining services spends approximately 12 percent of its food budget on local products. Organic produce, milk, and eggs, as well as fair trade coffee and tea, are also purchased. Recycled and biodegradable content is incorporated into dishware at dining locations, and nearly all meals served on campus are trayless. The university recycles electronics in addition to traditional materials.
The university has installed low-flow showerheads in half of campus building space. Water, electricity, and steam metering across campus help save energy and water. Stormwater is managed through retention ponds.
The Student Environmental Action Coalition works to improve the school's recycling program and raise environmental awareness. Bradley students reduced waste by 15 percent during the most recent RecycleMania competition.
The university has not made public any programs or practices that encourage or facilitate the use of alternative forms of transportation.
The university makes a list of all holdings available 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 returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds. Bradley is also exploring endowment investment in community development loan funds. The university uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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