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Report Card 2011

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Eastern Kentucky University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Eastern Kentucky University

School details:

Endowment: $44 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Richmond, Kentucky


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


An application was submitted by Alice Jones to have this school evaluated in the College Sustainability Report Card 2011 . A contribution was made to cover the cost of inclusion.  Learn more about how a school can apply for inclusion.  


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 Eastern Kentucky University Sustainability Committee has drafted a formal environmental master plan and established a carpool program, among other initiatives. The committee’s major outreach activity is a month-long “Earth Days” series of campus and community events held every April since 2000. The facilities services unit has contracted energy efficiency improvements. All paper purchased at EKU must contain some recycled content, and a newly adopted purchasing policy encourages life-cycle analysis in all purchasing.
EKU has achieved a 50 percent reduction in energy use since 2005. The university utilizes a variety of energy reduction measures across campus, including temperature setbacks, economizers, energy management systems, LED lighting, heat recovery systems, lighting sensors, T5 and T8 lighting, temperature control timers, HVAC system upgrades, and vending machine sensors. Community members are also encouraged to conserve energy through awareness campaigns.
Dining services at EKU spends 10 percent of its food budget on local items. Many seafood purchases meet sustainable fishing standards, and fair trade coffee is available on campus. Disposable dishware is made from biodegradable materials, and 95 percent of meals are trayless. Used cooking oil is recycled for biodiesel production and is used by groundskeeping, and discounts are offered to students who use reusable mugs and cups.
EKU requires that all new buildings and major renovations incorporate LEED standards. Approximately 75 percent of all construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills. Water use has been reduced to 17 percent below 2005 levels through the use of water conservation technologies such as water metering, dual-flush toilets, and low-flow showerheads.
Student environmental groups on campus have worked on a variety of sustainability-related efforts, including designing a garden with native plants, implementing a new shuttle service for students, holding e-waste drives that have gathered 15,000 pounds of materials, performing waste audits, and starting compost programs. The university also participates in the annual RecycleMania competition.
A free bike-sharing program is available to the school community, and the university runs a shuttle service on and around campus from satellite parking lots, but beyond this service, public transit is not available.
The Eastern Kentucky University Foundation makes a list of asset allocation, external managers, and cash, as well as equity, fixed income, real estate, hedge fund, and private equity holdings available to the public upon request. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions, only by category, is also available to the public, and is sent upon request.
The foundation 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 foundation provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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