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Report Card 2011

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Colorado State University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Colorado State University

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Endowment: $167 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Fort Collins, Colorado


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  
B +
The Live Green Team has worked on purchasing green power, improving the recycling program, and coordinating Earth Week activities. They have also organized a competition among departments to reduce electricity use. Nearly all computers purchased for the campus are Energy Star qualified and EPEAT certified, and 30 percent of office paper is made from recycled content.
The campus has six photovoltaic systems, with two more under construction. To improve energy efficiency, the university has a cogeneration plant and has installed energy management systems, steam line insulation, vending machine sensors, and variable speed drives in nearly all buildings, among many other technologies. Real-time campus energy use is displayed online.
Dining services spends 34 percent of its food budget on local products and 24 percent on organic items. Reusable to-go containers are available, and students are given reusable water bottles. There is no bottled water in the dining facilities. Some dining halls compost, and all are trayless. During move-in, cardboard is collected for recycling, and unwanted items are collected for donation during move-out.
There are 11 green buildings on campus, and 2 buildings have been repurposed for alternative use. To reduce water use, water metering, efficient washing machines, leak reduction, low-flow showerheads, and greywater systems have been implemented or installed in nearly all buildings. The campus also uses porous pavement and living roofs to manage stormwater.
Students interested in sustainability can live in the Live Green Community in Summit Hall. The Green Warrior program rewards individual students for their environmental actions. Two paid interns work to further sustainability on campus, and CSU has launched a student sustainability center, run by students for students.
Students ride the local buses for free, and a bike-sharing program is available to students at no cost. The college provides a ride-matching website, and employees who carpool receive preferred parking. More than 60 percent of commuter students travel to campus via environmentally preferable methods. Parking lots are being moved to the periphery of campus to encourage walking and biking.
The Colorado State University Foundation makes a list of all holdings available online to the public per open records law. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level is also available to the public per open records law and is sent upon request.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds. The foundation is also exploring endowment investment in community development loan funds and on-campus energy and water efficiency projects, and uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
A member of the university administration determines proxy votes. The foundation also provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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