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Report Card 2011

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Quinnipiac University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Quinnipiac University

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Endowment: $193 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Hamden, Connecticut


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: No

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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Quinnipiac's newly formed sustainability interest group, which is composed of faculty and students, works to implement sustainability initiatives on campus. The group organized the Earth Week celebration in spring 2010. The university has plans to appoint a sustainability coordinator.
Quinnipiac purchases renewable energy credits that represent 100 percent of its electricity needs. The university has committed $4 million to sustainability initiatives at its new York Hill campus. The area will feature 25 vertical-axis wind turbines that will generate 32,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable electricity annually, as well as 750 solar panels that will produce 235,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. The campus will also include a gas-fired microturbine whose waste steam will be used to heat on-site buildings. In existing buildings, the university has retrofitted light fixtures to reduce energy consumption.
Dining services spends more than 10 percent of its food budget on local products. The university purchases exclusively cage-free eggs, hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken and pork, and seafood that meets sustainability guidelines. Customers are given a discount for bringing a reusable mug. The university recycles traditional materials and electronics, a program that has been in place for more than ten years.
The new York Hill campus will incorporate several green building features, including the use of environmentally friendly building materials, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and a green roof. The university renovated 180,000 square feet of building space in place of new construction for the York Hill campus. The campus will also feature a biodetention pond that cleanses stormwater runoff in order to minimize on-site erosion. Low-flow toilets have also been installed on campus.
The student group Roots and Shoots promotes environmental awareness on campus and also worked to run Earth Week activities focused on educating the university on recycling, sustainability, and buying locally. Students are active in the newly formed environmental interest group and worked to create a student- and facilities-run garden on campus.
Through the university's van program, student organizations and academic programs can arrange for free transportation to locations between Boston and New York City. Quinnipiac also offers a free shuttle to nearby off-campus destinations.
The university has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and has not made any public statements about endowment investment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The university has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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