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Report Card 2011

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University of Calgary
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Calgary

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Endowment: $427 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada


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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The University of Calgary is committed to sustainability through a formal policy and plan. Three committees and a director of sustainability address environmental issues on campus. The university purchases green products when possible, and institutionally purchased appliances and computers meet Energy Star criteria. Calgary recently established a revolving energy efficiency fund.
Calgary has achieved a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 1990. Energy-efficient technologies, such as steam trap systems and economizers, have been installed across campus through an energy performance initiative. Renewable energy is generated through a building-based photovoltaic array.
Dining services purchases local and organic products as well as sustainably harvested seafood items. Fair trade coffee and tea are available in all dining locations. Calgary offers discounts for the use of reusable dishware, mugs, and to-go containers, and preconsumer food scraps are composted at most meals. In addition to traditional materials, the university recycles tires, scrap metal, and fluorescent bulbs.
Major construction projects pursue at least LEED Silver standards. Seven buildings on campus are LEED certified or meet LEED standards. The university practices green housekeeping and pest management. Water conservation technologies have been installed, including dual-flush toilets, low-flow faucets, and waterless urinals.
New students learn about sustainability on campus through presentations and hands-on activities. Calgary employs sustainability interns and runs an eco-reps program. Groups such as Bike Root and the Eco Club organize environmental initiatives on campus. Students participate in three competitions with the goal of encouraging alternative transportation and reducing energy consumption and waste.
Over half of the school community travels to campus via alternative transportation. Calgary offers ride-matching services with discounted parking for carpoolers, and subsidizes fares on public transit for students. The university has a student-run bike-sharing program and partners with a car-sharing program.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to all members of the campus community and makes a list of equity holdings, fixed income holdings, and asset allocation available to the general public. Information is available at the investment office and is also sent to individuals upon request.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring investment in renewable energy funds. Donors who give more than $1 million to the university can request that gifts be directed into sustainable and socially responsible investment options.
The university is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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