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Report Card 2011

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University of Connecticut–Storrs
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Connecticut–Storrs

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Endowment: $284 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Storrs, Connecticut


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 Office of Environmental Policy worked with members of an environmental council to implement a climate action plan, expand the move-out waste reduction program, and build an agricultural waste compost facility. Sustainable office liaisons work to make their departments greener. The university purchases Energy Star-rated appliances, Green Seal-certified cleaning supplies, ultra-low sulfur fuel, and 30 percent-recycled office paper. An endowment fund finances on-campus sustainability projects.
UConn aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Most main campus heating and cooling comes from an efficient, natural gas-powered cogeneration plant. Steam system repairs and temperature setbacks have saved energy. Automated electric, steam, and water submeters have been installed in 75 percent of campus buildings, and 34 energy-intensive buildings are being recommissioned. Trade-in programs for inefficient appliances are available.
All milk in the dining halls is hormone and antibiotic free, and 30 percent of eggs are cage free. Exclusively fair trade coffee is served on campus. Some pre- and postconsumer food waste is composted, and nearly all dining locations are trayless. Sixty percent of dining hall waste is diverted from traditional disposal. A recent move-out donation program collected more than 14,000 pounds of unwanted items.
All new construction is built to LEED Silver standards, and nearly 95 percent of construction waste is diverted from traditional disposal. The university has reduced per capita water use 15 percent since 2005 and has installed efficient laundry machines, dual-flush toilets, low-flow fixtures, and weather-informed irrigation, among other water-saving technologies.
The EcoHusky group focuses on outreach to the campus about sustainable behaviors and practices. Students are also involved in the on-campus organic garden, water conservation, promoting local and organic food, and advocating for climate change legislation. The month-long EcoMadness competition engages students in dorms to reduce water and energy use.
Anyone with a university ID can ride the local buses for free, and free shuttles run on campus and to nearby apartments. The university offers ride-matching for employees and students to carpool. A pilot bike-sharing program offers 20 bikes for free use, and signage and pavement markings are being added to bike lanes.
The University of Connecticut Foundation makes a list of all holdings, and a list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, available to trustees and senior administrators. Only information about asset allocation is available online to the public.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns and is currently invested in renewable energy funds. The foundation also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
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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