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Report Card 2011

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Florida State University–Tallahassee
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Courtesy of Florida State University-Tallahassee

School details:

  Grade lower than last year


Endowment: $410 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Tallahassee, Florida


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: No


Please note: This school did not respond to any of the three administrator surveys. The data used for both the profile and grading was compiled from independent research. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology section.  


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.

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Florida State University has an official sustainability policy signed by the president. A committee comprised of faculty, staff, and administrators works to implement sustainability initiatives on campus, and the university also has a website devoted to its environmental efforts. Ninety-five percent of the university's cleaning products are Green Seal certified.
The university has taken various measures to improve energy efficiency on campus, including the installation of lighting sensors and efficient lighting, retrocommissioning of HVAC systems, and implementation of temperature setbacks.
Dining services at FSU purchases seafood approved by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines in addition to some fair trade coffee. In order to reduce waste, the dining halls have been completely trayless since 2005. All to-go containers used on campus are made from biodegradable materials or recycled content, and discounts are offered to students who use reusable mugs. FSU collects reusable items to donate to local charities at Chuck-It-for-Charity, a drive to reduce move-out waste from students. A surplus warehouse is also utilized to facilitate office equipment exchange between departments.
FSU mandates that all new buildings strive for at least LEED Silver certification. There are three LEED-certified buildings on campus, and eight new buildings are expected to meet LEED criteria.
Florida State employs two volunteer interns during the school year and runs an eco-reps program. In addition, the university hosts two annual competitions; during Phantom Slayer, the campus reduced carbon dioxide emissions by three tons, and as a result of RecycleMania, the student body increased the recycling rate to 28 percent. The university is home to several student environmental groups working on a variety of issues such as recycling and litter cleanup.
The university offers discounted bus passes on Tallahassee public transit for the entire school community upon presenting school ID. A free shuttle service is offered to on- and off-campus destinations.
The Florida State University Foundation makes a list of all holdings available to the public upon request. The foundation does not make its shareholder voting record public.
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 university and the foundation do not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds.
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