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Report Card 2011

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Trinity University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Trinity University

School details:

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Endowment: $575 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: San Antonio, Texas


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.

Overall grade  
B -
Trinity University is committed to sustainability through a formal plan, and a strategic plan that includes sustainability is currently under development. Two committees and several staff members address environmental initiatives on campus, and the school buys some Energy Star products, some environmentally preferable paper items, and exclusively EPEAT-certified computers.
The university has reduced greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent from 2005 levels. Trinity has also achieved a reduction in building energy use and has implemented energy conservation technologies across campus, including LED lighting and lighting sensors. Trinity purchases 15 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.
Trinity buys local products, including produce and baked goods, and buys organic items such as grains and beans. Some seafood is purchased according to sustainability guidelines, and exclusively fair trade coffee is sold on campus along with fair trade tea. The school offers a discount for the use of reusable mugs, and preconsumer food scraps are composted at all meals. The university went trayless in 2008. Standard materials, as well as some electronics, are collected for recycling.
Trinity is committed to pursuing LEED Silver certification for all new construction and major renovation projects. Miller Hall meets LEED Certified criteria, and two buildings meet LEED-EB criteria. Water conservation technologies, such as greywater systems and low-flow faucets, have been installed across campus, and the school uses porous pavement for stormwater management.
Two floors are designated for students who select a specific first-year seminar track related to environmental issues, and new students are introduced to sustainability through skits and presentations. The university offers student sustainability internships and eco-rep positions, and students participate in RecycleMania every year to reduce waste.
Almost half of all employees commute to campus via alternative transportation methods, and the university offers discounted bus passes to all members of the school community. The campus motor fleet includes one hybrid vehicle.
The university makes a list of all holdings, as well as a list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring endowment investment in renewable energy funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting, and occasionally, a member of the school administration determines proxy votes.
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