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Report Card 2011

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New Mexico State University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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New Mexico State University

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  Grade higher than last year


Endowment: $169 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico


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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Overall grade  
C +
The Sustainability Council at New Mexico State University has addressed issues including energy and waste reduction and invites all members of the campus community to attend monthly meetings. The sustainability office employs a full-time manager and maintains a website detailing green initiatives. The university regularly purchases Energy Star appliances, EPEAT computers and printers, and environmentally preferable paper products.
NMSU has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and aims to reduce emissions 25 percent from 2008 levels by 2050. Cogeneration is utilized to produce energy, and numerous energy efficiency technologies have been installed, including energy management systems and lighting upgrades. The university also engages in multiple awareness campaigns to encourage energy conservation.
Dining services purchases organic, locally sourced food items as well as fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate. Nearly all dining facilities are trayless, and recycled and biodegradable material is incorporated into dishware. The university composts or mulches 95 percent of its landscaping waste and recycles computers in addition to traditional materials.
The university requires that all new construction and major renovations meet LEED Silver standards at a minimum. The Health Sciences Center Reidlinger Addition is LEED Gold certified, and approximately half of the campus is equipped with low-flow faucets and showerheads. Desert landscaping and drip irrigation reduce landscaping water needs, and moisture sensors, water control valves, and supervisory controls are being installed.
During last year's RecycleMania competition, NMSU students reduced their waste by 64 percent. The Organization of Aggie Students Inspiring Sustainability (OASIS) is a student group committed to implementing university sustainability policies. The Sustainability Council has worked on improving the school's recycling and providing a bus system for transportation around campus.
Approximately 10 percent of the vehicles in the university fleet run on alternate fuels. Aggie Transit operates three routes designed to place students within a short 10-minute walk of anywhere on campus and is planning to expand routes into the city of Las Cruces. The NMSU 2006-2016 master plan outlines strategies for a pedestrian- and bike-friendly campus.
The New Mexico State University Foundation makes all holdings available to the public per open records law and sends the information upon request. The foundation does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring endowment investment in renewable energy funds.
The foundation provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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