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Report Card 2011

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Ohio Northern University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Ohio Northern University

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Endowment: $133 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Ada, Ohio


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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Ohio Northern University's master plan lists as one of its goals a commitment to construct new facilities with LEED certification. The university purchases environmentally preferable paper products such as envelopes, office paper, and paper towels.
Three 400-kilowatt wind turbines were installed on campus in 2010 and are meeting a significant portion of the university’s total electricity requirements. Plans are underway for a solar energy system. The university has undergone an external energy audit and is adopting many of the recommendations.
Dining services serves locally sourced food and seafood that meets Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines. Ninety-eight percent of meals are trayless, and recycled and biodegradable dishware is offered at dining locations. Four single-stream waste compactors have been purchased, allowing more materials to be accepted and increasing efficiency by eliminating the need for manual sorting.
Ohio Northern mandates that all new construction projects be LEED certified. LEED Silver certification is expected for a renovated 600-bed student residence hall, and LEED Gold certification is expected for a newly constructed residence hall. The residence halls use low-energy lighting and low-flow plumbing fixtures and are heated and cooled with hundreds of 300-feet-deep geothermal wells.
The student organization ONU Recycles provides recycling services and promotes sustainable initiatives on campus.
The university fleet includes three hybrid cars and ten electric trucks. Restrictive parking policies discourage students from driving to campus and encourage walking and bicycle use. The university has expanded the number of available bicycle racks to create a more bike-friendly campus.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees and senior administrators.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The university is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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