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Report Card 2011

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Florida Atlantic University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Florida Atlantic University

School details:

  Grade lower than last year


Endowment: $142 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Boca Raton, Florida


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: No

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 +
Florida Atlantic University has demonstrated a commitment to the environment by drafting a sustainability plan and incorporating environmental measures into the strategic plan. A sustainability committee that includes four students has worked on a number of initiatives such as developing environmental curriculum and working on a climate action plan. All paper towels and toilet paper purchased for the campus are made of postconsumer recycled fiber.
The university has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. In order to reduce energy use, the university has implemented temperature setbacks and has installed technologies such as energy management systems, LED lighting, electric metering, T5 and T8 lighting, and temperature control timers. FAU runs campaigns among the school community to raise awareness about energy conservation.
Dining services at FAU spends 21 percent of its food budget on local products, including fruit, vegetables, meat, and dairy. Fair trade coffee is available in some dining locations. To reduce waste, all meals are trayless; used cooking oil is recycled for biodiesel production; and food waste audits have been performed. Discounts are offered for use of reusable to-go containers. The campus recycles all traditional materials as well as electronics, and students participate in a Move It Out Don't Throw It Out campaign.
The university requires all new campus construction and major renovations to meet LEED Silver standards. More than 85 percent of construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills. In order to reduce water usage, the university has installed greywater systems, low-flow faucets and showerheads, and uses weather-informed irrigation.
Students recently reduced energy use by 5 to 10 percent during an annual environmental competition. Sustainability-themed housing is available for interested students. Several environmental student groups work on various initiatives throughout the year. One group, Mission Green Student Association, is working to reduce waste in the dining halls and begin a composting program, and is building a community garden.
The university has recently expanded its carpool incentive program, and offers preferred parking and ride-matching to members of the campus community. FAU subsidizes local public transportation and runs a free on-campus shuttle.
The Florida Atlantic University Foundation makes a list of all holdings available to the board on a password-protected website. The foundation does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual/commingled funds public.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns and has not yet made any public statements about exploring or investing in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The foundation does not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled funds.
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