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Report Card 2011

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Fairfield University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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C
Fairfield University

School details:

Endowment: $200 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Fairfield, Connecticut

 

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
Fairfield University has demonstrated a commitment to the environment through a formal sustainability policy and incorporation of sustainability into the master plan. A sustainability committee has worked on a variety of initiatives across campus. The college has a formal green purchasing policy, requiring the procurement of eco-friendly appliances, cleaning products, and paper.
The university has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and aims to reduce emissions 27 percent from 2005 levels by 2015. To reduce energy use, the university has upgraded HVAC systems and installed energy-efficient technologies such as economizers, heat recovery systems, LED lighting, lighting sensors, and variable speed drives. The university also maintains a closed-loop geothermal system to produce renewable energy.
Dining services at Fairfield purchases local milk as well as organic coffee and spinach. Only fair trade coffee is served on campus. In order to reduce waste, all meals are trayless, and used cooking oil is recycled for biodiesel production. Disposable dishware made of biodegradable material is available. The university has an electronics recycling program and recycles most traditional materials.
The Kelley Center is furnished with carpet tiles, access flooring, structural steel, and ceiling tiles made from recycled materials. It also features energy-saving up-lighting and an under-floor air system. Low-flow toilets and urinals have been installed in all student residences.
Environmental student groups at Fairfield have worked on a variety of initiatives, including creating a student sustainability coordinator position, working with the Campus Sustainability Committee, hosting events for climate change week, hosting film screenings, and creating an on-campus garden. The university employs one student intern to work on sustainability initiatives during the year. Environmental themes are incorporated into new student orientation.
The school runs a bike-sharing program and partners with a car-sharing program. An additional 100 bike racks were recently installed on campus.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to the public online. The university does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual fund managers 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.
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The university is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds.
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