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Report Card 2011

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University of California–Berkeley
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of California–Berkeley

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Endowment: $137 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Berkeley, California


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  
B +
Berkeley is committed to sustainability through a formal policy. Two committees and the Office of Sustainability work to implement sustainability initiatives on campus. The university encourages green purchasing whenever possible, and many products used on campus meet Energy Star standards. Information about sustainability is provided to new staff at employee orientation.
The university has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2014. Energy-efficient technologies have been installed around campus, including steam trap systems and economizers. The school generates renewable energy through a 59-kilowatt photovoltaic array, and 15 percent of its electricity is fueled from renewable sources.
Berkeley spends about 15 percent of its food budget on local products. The university buys organic and cage-free eggs, as well as some free-range beef and poultry, and vegetarian-fed and hormone-free meat products. Some seafood is purchased according to sustainability guidelines. The university recycles traditional materials and some electronics, composts food scraps at all dining halls, and composts or mulches all landscaping waste. An online exchange board and 14 collection sites encourage material reuse.
Berkeley has a green building policy. Two buildings on campus are LEED certified, and six others meet LEED standards. Multiple building spaces have been repurposed for alternative use, and almost all waste from construction projects is diverted from landfills. Water conservation technologies have been installed across campus, and the university employs a variety of techniques to manage stormwater.
The Global Environment Theme House is home to 30 students who focus on environmental issues, and new students learn about sustainability on campus at orientation. The university employs more than 29 student sustainability interns and several eco-reps. Students participate in three competitions, with the goal of energy conservation and waste reduction, and at least 20 student groups on campus address sustainability issues.
Over 80 percent of the school community travels to campus via alternative transportation methods. Berkeley offers discounted daily parking permits for those who use alternative transit and a ride-matching service to those who carpool. The university also provides reduced fares for public transit and runs a campus shuttle system. A student group operates a bike-sharing program, and the school partners with a car-sharing program.
A list of investment holdings is available online to the public. The university does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds and commingled funds public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
Most of the endowment is invested in mutual funds, index funds, corporate trusts, commingled accounts, and limited partnerships. For the few direct equity investment accounts, the university provides proxy voting guidelines to its investment managers.
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