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Report Card 2011

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Chapman University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Courtesy of Chapman University

School details:

Endowment: $151 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Orange, California


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

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  
C -
Chapman University has a faculty environmental committee that consists of five students, three faculty, and one staff member. The committee recently created an environmental sciences major and a student sustainability initiative training. The university also employs one full-time facilities manager that coordinates sustainability efforts on campus. Chapman has a formal green purchasing policy that encourages procurement of EPEAT-rated electronics as well as eco-friendly cleaning products and paper.
To improve energy efficiency, Chapman has installed economizers, energy management systems, and lighting sensors. A greenhouse gas emissions inventory is currently in progress.
Chapman spends 24 percent of its food budget on locally grown, raised, or processed foods, and purchases organically grown fruit, vegetables, and coffee through a distributor. Chapman dining is entirely trayless and donates excess food to a local food bank. Nearly all landscaping waste is composted or mulched, and residence halls include composting receptacles. The campus recycles electronics in addition to traditional materials.
The campus includes seven structures that meet LEED criteria, including the Lastinger Athletic Complex, Leatherby Libraries, and the Fish Interfaith Center. Since 2000, Chapman has converted five warehouses into academic and administrative buildings, including a dance hall and a technology center. The campus manages stormwater through the use of porous pavement and vegetated swales.
Students can apply to live in the Greenhouse Learning Community, a hallway that houses 46 students who engage in activities and discussions related to sustainability. Chapman provides recycled bags to all new students and has transitioned all paper orientation materials to electronic distribution. The university is running a sustainability-themed competition for the campus community in fall 2010.
Chapman offers a discounted parking permit for faculty and staff who carpool. All members of the campus community ride free on local public transportation. Chapman has a Safe Ride program, through which free rides are given around campus at night, and will partner with a car-sharing program in fall 2010. The university's fleet includes 66 electric vehicles.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the campus community. The university does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds/commingled funds public.
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 asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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