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Report Card 2011

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Syracuse University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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B
Syracuse University

School details:

Endowment: $726 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Syracuse, New York

 

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.

 
Overall grade  
B
Syracuse University has a formal sustainability policy, and the master plan includes a sustainability component. The Campus Sustainability Committee has developed a climate action plan and a green building policy, and Sustainability at SU devotes time to improving recycling, composting, and conservation on campus. A full-time sustainability coordinator and several other staff members work to implement sustainability initiatives.
Syracuse is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 37 percent by 2040. The university has taken steps to improve energy efficiency by implementing temperature setbacks and installing efficient lighting technology and heat recovery systems. In 2010, 12 percent of total energy purchased was from renewable sources.
Syracuse purchases many local food items, including produce, dairy products, meat, and eggs. Many of the ingredients used by dining services are organic, and the university purchases vegetarian-fed beef and hormone- and antibiotic-free milk. A vegan offering is available at every meal. Students who bring their own reusable mug receive a 10 percent discount on their beverages, and a reusable takeout container program has eliminated the use of Styrofoam. A comprehensive recycling program is in place for traditional materials and electronic waste.
The university's green building policy mandates that all new buildings and renovations over $10 million be LEED certified. Three buildings on campus currently meet LEED specifications but are not formally certified. Water conservation technologies, such as dual-flush toilets and low-flow faucets, have been installed in existing buildings.
New student orientation includes resident assistant presentations on sustainability as well as hands-on activities, and 14 students at Syracuse live in a designated sustainability-themed hallway. The university offers one paid sustainability internship during the academic year.
Syracuse offers reduced parking fees to faculty and staff who carpool to campus. Free bus passes for local travel are issued to all students, and the university provides a campus shuttle service. The university also partners with a car-sharing program that is open to students, faculty, and staff. There are seven electric vehicles and ten gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in the campus motor fleet.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees and senior administrators, and makes only asset allocation information available to the general public. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is accessible online to the general public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
A member of the university administration determines proxy votes.
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