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Report Card 2011

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Temple University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Temple University

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Endowment: $249 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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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Temple University has developed a climate action plan and includes sustainability as a core value in university policy and the campus master plan. The Sustainability Advisory Group has planned new green building initiatives, and three sustainability councils have worked to bring sustainability-related speakers and events to campus.
The university has established a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, with interim goals every five years. Temple has taken steps to decrease energy consumption through the use of temperature setbacks and the installation of technologies such as steam trap systems and heat recovery systems.
Dining services spends 20 percent of its annual food budget on locally grown foods and serves exclusively cage-free eggs and sustainably harvested seafood. Fair trade coffee is available in all dining locations, and students who bring a reusable mug receive a discount on beverage refills. The university recycles traditional materials and electronic waste, composts preconsumer food scraps, and sends postconsumer food waste to pig farmers.
Since 2000, Temple has repurposed seven campus buildings for alternative use, including the creation of student apartments and a performing arts center. The university has installed water conservation technologies, such as water metering and leak detection and reduction measures, and uses stormwater management technologies, including green roofs and porous pavement. Two buildings on campus meet LEED certification criteria but are not certified.
Undergraduates, professional students, and parents are presented with information from the Office of Sustainability at student orientation. The university employs eleven student interns and seven volunteer eco-reps. The campus community participates annually in RecycleMania, and last year, recycling rates increased by 15 percent during the contest.
Temple offers students a 10 percent discount on public transit and allows employees to purchase passes with pretax dollars. The university also runs free daily shuttles between its campuses. The campus motor fleet includes 2 hybrid vehicles and 16 compressed natural gas vehicles. Seventy-seven percent of students and 54 percent of employees commute to campus via environmentally preferable means.
The university makes a list of asset allocation, external managers, mutual funds, and cash available to the public. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
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 for the portion of the endowment that is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. For the remainder of the endowment, the university provides its investment managers with general guidelines for proxy voting.
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