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Report Card 2011

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Carleton University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Carleton University

School details:

  Grade lower than last year


Endowment: $216 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


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 +
Carleton's president has signed the Council of Ontario Universities Pledge for a Greener World. The university employs a full-time coordinator to implement and manage sustainability plans and initiatives. All computers purchased for the campus are required to be EPEAT certified, and 80 percent of appliance purchases are Energy Star qualified.
The university is working on its second greenhouse gas emissions inventory as part of a campus benchmarking report conducted in partnership with Green Globes. To reduce energy use, a number of technologies have been installed on campus, including energy management systems; chilled water, electricity, and steam metering; temperature-controlling timers; and vending machine sensors in all buildings.
Dining halls purchase exclusively fair trade coffee and hormone- and antibiotic-free dairy products. Eighty percent of eggs served on campus are cage free, and seafood purchases meet sustainability guidelines. Pre- and postconsumer food scraps are composted, and all dining halls are trayless. Used campus furniture and unwanted items from move-out are donated.
Carleton aims to achieve a minimum of three globes from the Green Globes building assessment for all new construction. There is one green building on campus and two under construction that are rated at Four and Five Globes. To reduce water use, the university has installed water metering and efficient washing machines throughout campus, as well as low-flow fixtures in many buildings.
The Rewire program encourages students to reduce resource use in residence halls by displaying figures for water and energy consumption by floor. Three student interns work on sustainability initiatives. Student groups have worked on a community garden, environmental clean-ups, bike-sharing, and public transportation passes, among other programs. A student initiative made double-sided printing the default setting across campus.
Students receive free passes for the public bus system, and 82 percent of commuter students travel to campus via environmentally preferable methods. A free bike-sharing program is available, and the university partners with a car-sharing program. The campus fleet is composed of 70 percent electric vehicles.
The university makes a list of asset allocation and external managers, as well as a list of proxy votes cast on a company-specific level, available to trustees. A list of all holdings, as well as a list of proxy votes on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is accessible for senior administrators. This information is made available at the investment office.
The university 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 university uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The university provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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