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Report Card 2011

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Indiana University–Bloomington
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Indiana University–Bloomington

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Endowment: $1,226 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Bloomington, Indiana


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.

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Indiana University has demonstrated a commitment to the environment through a formal sustainability plan. A campus sustainability advisory board has seven working groups that have implemented dozens of initiatives. The sustainability office has two full-time staffers who oversee campus initiatives and manage eighteen sustainability interns each semester.
Indiana has conducted a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and aims to reduce emissions 30 percent below 2008 levels by 2020. Building energy consumption per square foot has decreased since 2005 through the use of such measures as temperature setbacks, economizers, energy management systems, heat recovery systems, lighting upgrades, motion sensors, and energy metering. An integrated energy master plan is in development.
Dining services buys a variety of local items, and 50 percent of eggs served on campus are cage free. To reduce waste, bottled water has been removed from dining facilities and a discount is offered for using reusable dishware. Preconsumer food scraps are composted at most meals; excess food is donated to a food bank; and most dining halls are trayless. The university recycles traditional materials and electronics and runs a resale program to salvage reusable items at the end of the year.
All new buildings and major renovations are required to meet LEED Silver standards, and the university currently maintains two LEED-certified buildings. Water use has decreased 20 percent per capita since 2005 through the use of building water metering, advanced laundry technology, low-flow faucets and showerheads, waterless urinals, and weather-informed irrigation.
Students may live in the Sustainability Issues Thematic Community, and the university employs 18 sustainability interns and 11 eco-reps. Environmental student groups have worked on a variety of initiatives, including promoting self-sufficiency through gardening, reducing consumption and waste, composting, environmental career development, and promoting eco-friendly landscaping. A conservation competition resulted in 2,530,958 gallons of water savings and an 800-ton carbon emissions reduction.
Nearly 75 percent of the student body commutes via environmentally preferable means. The school offers incentives for carpooling to the school community, as well as free shuttle service on and around campus. Car-sharing and ride-sharing programs are also available.
The Indiana University Foundation makes a list of all holdings available online to trustees. Only a list of asset allocation and external managers is available online to the public. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level is available at the investment office to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The foundation provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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