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Report Card 2011

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Texas Tech University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Texas Tech University

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Endowment: $680 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Lubbock, Texas


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.

Overall grade  
C -
The sustainability task force and the facilities and physical plant departments address sustainability issues at Texas Tech. The university has no other known policies or initiatives relating to campus-wide sustainability.
The university has an energy conservation plan that began in 2005. The plan includes lighting retrofits, monthly energy audits, and air handler upgrades. Quarterly reports are released and published online to track energy conservation progress.
The university buys some local produce and organic products. Dining services uses some cage-free eggs and hormone-free chicken, and some seafood is purchased according to sustainability guidelines. Fair trade coffee is served in some locations, and the school offers discounts for the use of reusable mugs and bags. Texas Tech has completed a food waste audit and recycles used cooking oil for biodiesel production.
The Rawls College of Business was built to meet LEED Certified-level criteria but is not formally certified. The university has no known green building policy.
Students have established a U.S. Green Building Council student chapter that includes over 80 members. The group promotes green building and other sustainability initiatives through educational workshops. Recently, the group helped organize Texas Tech’s Arbor Day events and Spring into Green, a community event focused on sustainability. The group also coordinated a green apparel fashion show with eco-friendly clothing designs.
Staff receive assistance with carpool arrangements, and students receive free access to public transportation. The university runs a shuttle service around campus and to various off-campus housing locations, and the local bus system provides transportation for students and staff. Students can rent bikes through the Outdoor Pursuits Center, and bike racks have been installed around campus.
Proxy voting records and a list of endowment holdings are made available to the public per open records law. This information is available at the investment office or similar office on campus.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and is currently invested in community development loan funds.
The university does not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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