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Report Card 2011

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University of Alaska–Anchorage
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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B
University of Alaska–Anchorage

School details:

  Grade higher than last year

 

Endowment: $216 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Anchorage, Alaska

 

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
The University of Alaska–Anchorage's strategic plan lists sustainability and environmental stewardship as core values, and the master plan emphasizes the use of life-cycle costs to assess the value of systems and materials. The university has a sustainability office with a full-time director, and purchases exclusively recycled toilet paper and Energy Star-qualified laundry technology.
The university is committed to reducing emissions to 43 percent below 2007 levels by 2016. Several energy-efficient technologies have been installed on campus, including gas-fired hydronic heating systems, energy management systems, and temperature setbacks. Sustainability pledges were sent to faculty, staff, and students who were awarded points redeemable for prizes by reducing their environmental impact.
Dining halls are trayless and recycle used cooking oil. A 10-cent discount is given for using reusable mugs. The university recycles traditional materials and electronics, and composts or mulches all of its landscaping waste. Free printing in computer labs is limited. The university participates in a year-round materials exchange program, and students can donate used goods during move-out.
The university's green building policy advocates for the construction of tall, adaptable buildings that meet LEED standards. One building on campus meets LEED criteria, and 50 percent of construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills. The university utilizes leak detection and reduction technology, low-flow faucets and showerheads, and automated irrigation systems to reduce water usage on campus.
Students are encouraged to work on sustainability projects in the service-learning component of their courses, and sustainability is incorporated into orientation through presentations. The university pays ten students who are sustainability-focused: six recycling crew, one office worker, and three resident advisors. The UAA Sustainability Club plans to start a campus garden next year.
The university's master plan strives to create a more pedestrian-, bike-, and transit-friendly campus with fewer parking lots. All students, faculty, and staff are able to ride public buses and the university-operated shuttle system for free. The UAA Bike Club offers bicycle repair services once a semester.
The University of Alaska Foundation makes a list of all holdings available to trustees and senior administrators on a password-protected website. A list of asset allocation and external managers is available to the public and is sent upon request.
The foundation aims to optimize investment return and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds. Donors may request that gifts be directed to the Roderick Sustainability Fund, which invests in such projects.
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The foundation is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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