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Report Card 2011

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University of Arkansas–Fayetteville
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Arkansas–Fayetteville

School details:

Endowment: $624 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

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 University of Arkansas incorporates sustainability into its strategic plan. One committee, an office, and staff members address environmental issues on campus, and the school has a green purchasing policy.
The University of Arkansas has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent from 1990 levels by 2021, and energy-efficient technologies, such as LED lighting and lighting sensors, have been installed across campus. The campus also features a solar hot water system.
The school spends nearly 10 percent of its food budget on local items. Some cage-free eggs and hormone- and antibiotic-free poultry are served, and exclusively hormone- and antibiotic-free milk and cheese are offered in the dining halls. Most seafood purchases adhere to sustainability guidelines and fair trade coffee and tea are available. A discount is offered for the use of reusable mugs, and most facilities have been trayless since 2008. The campus diverts 35 percent of waste from traditional disposal through recycling, and collects electronics for recycling as well. The Trash to Treasures program collects unwanted items at the end of the year.
All new building construction and major renovation projects must meet at least LEED Silver or Two Green Globes standards. The Innovation Center is LEED Silver certified, and 12 other buildings meet LEED criteria but are not certified. Two buildings meet Green Globes standards. Sixty percent of all non-hazardous construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills.
New student orientation addresses sustainability issues, and students participate in RecycleMania every year with the goal of waste reduction and recycling awareness. Students who are involved with groups on campus such as Heifer International, Agri Business, and Grow Green work to raise awareness of environmental causes and implement sustainable programming around the university.
The university offers free rides around campus and to local destinations via Razorback Transit buses to all members of the campus community. Arkansas runs a bike-sharing program and prohibits vehicular traffic in the historical central core of campus.
The university makes asset allocation, a list of external managers, and a list of mutual funds available to trustees, senior administrators, and select members of the school community. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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