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Report Card 2011

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Regent University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Regent University

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Endowment: $202 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: No


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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Regent University's sustainability policy emphasizes sustainable planning and construction, conservation, and sustainable operations. The facilities director devotes a quarter time to sustainability efforts, and the Facilities Management Committee works on campus issues related to environmental stewardship. The university’s green purchasing policy mandates the purchase of environmentally preferable appliances and paper products.
The university is in the process of conducting its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory. Since 2005, Regent has achieved a 25 percent reduction in building energy consumption through the use of temperature setbacks, economizers, and energy management systems. Lighting sensors have been installed in 80 percent of buildings, and energy-efficient lighting in 99 percent of buildings.
Regent’s dining facilities purchase local food whenever possible. Discounts are offered to those who bring their own mug, and the university purchases some fair trade coffee. Seven vegan meals are offered each week. The university has achieved a 35 percent diversion rate for recyclable waste from traditional disposal and recycles aluminum, cardboard, glass, paper, and all plastics.
Regent's green building policies require new construction to meet LEED criteria whenever feasible. The university has two LEED Certified buildings, two buildings that meet LEED-EB standards and, since 2000, has repurposed 14,500 square feet of building space for alternative use. To manage water consumption, each building is individually metered, and the university has installed leak detection and reduction technology as well as low-flow showerheads and faucets. Stormwater management programs include the installation of porous pavement and the use of retention ponds, where stored water is used for on campus irrigation.
Regent's Council of Graduate Students works on campus issues related to environmental sustainability. Regent annually conducts the Being Green…Getting Clean poster contest. Energy and water conservation are key issues discussed at new student orientation.
More than 15 percent of faculty, staff, and students commute via environmentally preferable methods. The university encourages participation in the local ride-sharing program, and a free shuttle service is provided to on- and off-campus locations. Regent’s fleet includes eight electric vehicles.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators and other select members of the school community. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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