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Report Card 2011

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Kansas State University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Kansas State University

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Endowment: $292 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Manhattan, Kansas


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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Kansas State University incorporates sustainability into the campus master plan. The recycling committee is working to reduce waste, and the stewardship committee recently headed a task force that developed a comprehensive set of sustainability recommendations for the campus. The university employs two full-time sustainability staff, and some computers on campus have been replaced with Energy Star units.
KSU completed its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory in 2009 and is currently installing energy monitoring dashboards to encourage energy conservation. The university utilizes several energy efficiency measures, such as temperature setbacks, steam trap systems, economizers, energy management systems, and LED lighting. A demonstration solar unit and wind turbine have been installed on campus.
Dining services sources dairy products and meat from on-campus producers and has completed a food waste audit. Preconsumer food scraps are composted at 70 percent of meals, and some used cooking oil is recycled. Retail dining operations provide a discount for using a reusable mug. The university will be opening a dedicated recycling-sorting facility this year, provides additional containers for cardboard recycling during move-in, and designates collection sites where students can donate unwanted household goods during move-out.
The university has two LEED Certified buildings on campus and has installed low-flow faucets and showerheads to reduce water use. KSU also uses weather-informed irrigation systems and manages stormwater through porous pavement, retention ponds, and vegetated swales. A green roof has been installed on Seaton Hall.
The university employs five student sustainability interns. Several resource reduction competitions are held on campus, including the Ecolympics, the Residence Hall Energy Competition, and RecycleMania. The Students for Environmental Action group has instituted recycling at home football games and is working to provide recycled gowns at graduation. The Student Farm Club runs an organic farm on campus.
Kansas State has a bicycle master plan, and bike racks and lanes are located throughout campus. The university is working to coordinate its bike lanes with citywide bicycle planning.
The KSU Foundation makes a list of all holdings available only to trustees and senior administrators. It does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns and is currently invested in renewable energy funds. Some of the foundation's investment managers use environmental and sustainability factors in evaluating investment opportunities.
The foundation is unable to vote proxies on the portion of the endowment that is invested in mutual funds and other commingled investment vehicles. For separately managed accounts, the foundation asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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