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Report Card 2011

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Illinois Institute of Technology
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Illinois Institute of Technology

School details:

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Endowment: $160 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Chicago, Illinois


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  
B -
The Illinois Institute of Technology has a formal sustainability plan, and three sustainability committees have worked on a number of initiatives, including setting greenhouse gas reduction targets and developing sustainability curriculum. A sustainability office and a full-time sustainability director oversee environmental initiatives on campus. The institute also purchases a variety of Energy Star-certified products.
The institute has reduced greenhouse gas emissions 6 percent since 2008 and aims to achieve a 50 percent reduction by 2020. Temperature setbacks, energy management systems, efficient lighting, and chilled water, electric, and steam metering are utilized to decrease energy use. IIT also encourages energy reduction through awareness campaigns and competitions. About two-thirds of campus electricity purchases come from renewable sources.
Dining services at IIT spends 22 percent of its food budget on local products. Only hormone- and antibiotic-free milk is purchased; seafood is sourced according to sustainability guidelines; and all coffee served on campus is fair trade. Used cooking oil is recycled for biodiesel production; discounts are offered to students with reusable mugs and bags; the dining halls are trayless; and excess food is donated to a local food bank. The institute recycles electronics in addition to traditional materials.
IIT is in the process of establishing green building guidelines, and one campus building is LEED certified. To reduce water use, the institute utilizes building water metering, dual-flush toilets, low-flow faucets and showerheads, and weather-informed irrigation. Seventy-five percent of construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills.
The institute employs seven paid student sustainability interns throughout the year. An environmental student group has worked on a variety of initiatives, including developing a charcoal briquette out of food waste products and installing a solar array in a nearby community. The campus community participates in several sustainability competitions, and environmental themes are incorporated into orientation.
IIT offers incentives for carpooling to the school community, as well as free shuttle service to on- and off-campus destinations. The institute also runs a car-sharing program available to students. Forty percent of the student body commutes via environmentally preferable means.
The institute makes a list of all holdings available upon request to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. The institute does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The institute aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in on-campus energy and water efficiency projects and renewable energy funds.
The institute asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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