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Report Card 2011

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Brigham Young University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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D-
Brigham Young University

School details:

Endowment: $868 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Provo, Utah

 

Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: Yes (see response)

 

Please note: This school did not respond to any of the three administrator surveys. The data used for both the profile and grading was compiled from independent research. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology section.  

 

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 -
Brigham Young University has issued an official statement designating the following issues as top priority: energy conservation, purchasing policies, recycling, site planning and building design, student involvement, transportation, waste conservation, and zero-waste events. The school uses primarily alkaline paper, which is more easily recycled.
To reduce energy use, incandescent lightbulbs have been replaced with compact fluorescent bulbs, office light switches have been replaced with motion sensors, building systems have been upgraded to be more efficient, and building envelopes have been improved through roof insulation and low-emissive windows.
The Blue Line Deli uses only biodegradable plates and napkins. Trayless dining is encouraged. In addition to traditional materials and electronic waste, the university recycles steel, carpet, sawdust, refrigerants, chemical waste, used grease and oil, broken pallets, and demolition waste.
The university's building standards are consistent with LEED principles, and the Hinckley Center is LEED certified. Landscaping is designed so that it can be maintained without toxic chemicals, and non-potable water is used in irrigation. LEED-certified custodial supplies, paint, carpet, and furniture are used in buildings. BYU also uses biodegradable soaps and cleansers. To reduce water use, low-flow toilets and faucets have been installed, dishwashers are water efficient, and water-cooled condensers have been replaced with air-cooled versions.
The Sustainable Build and Design Club has organized the Sustainability Summit to open dialogue about sustainability with the administration, and has trained students to take the LEED Green Associate Exam. BYU Recycles has successfully campaigned for the school to recycle plastic. Students in Eco-Response and BUY Earth educate their peers about sustainability issues. The school participates in RecycleMania.
The university's fleet includes hybrid and electric vehicles. Approximately 20 percent of students and employees take advantage of discounted Utah Transit Authority bus passes. BYU has increased bicycle parking on campus, and many buildings have showers for bike commuters.
The university has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and has not made any public statements about investigating or investing the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The university has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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