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Report Card 2011

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University of Dayton
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Dayton

School details:

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Endowment: $320 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Dayton, Ohio


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 Campus Committee on Environment has endorsed a variety of initiatives, including installing energy efficiency technologies in buildings and launching a composting program for dining halls. A full-time environmental sustainability manager coordinates environmental efforts on campus. The university has an agreement with its office materials supplier to have supplies delivered in reusable containers, reducing cardboard waste. Energy Star-qualified products are purchased whenever available. Green office tips are posted on employee email lists, and sustainability training is given to new employees.
The university has reduced utility costs 11.9 percent over the past year. Among other energy-saving efforts, energy management systems and lighting retrofits have been installed in all buildings; temperature setbacks have been implemented; and the majority of buildings feature lighting sensors and timers for temperature control. Awareness campaigns encourage the campus community to reduce energy use.
All take-out containers are biodegradable, and pre- and postconsumer food scraps are composted at all meals. In addition to traditional materials, the university recycles batteries, furniture, construction waste, carpeting squares, and electronics. At the end of the year, 30 tons of unwanted items are donated through the Move Out program.
The university has committed to constructing all new buildings to LEED standards when feasible. Two campus buildings meet LEED standards, and three spaces have been repurposed for alternative use, all on former brownfield sites. To reduce water use, low-flow fixtures have been installed in all buildings; half of washing machines are high-efficiency models; and irrigation systems are weather informed. The campus features porous pavement, rain gardens, and a bioswale garden to manage stormwater.
Student groups have worked on a variety of initiatives, including local food advocacy, an energy reduction competition in dorms, and donating old laptop computers. New students receive information about sustainability through their resident assistants and at a zero-waste picnic. A student also works as a sustainability intern.
A free shuttle serves the campus and local businesses, and 75 percent of commuter students travel to campus via sustainable modes of transportation. The master plan calls for a greenway that would make the campus more bike and pedestrian friendly, and 9 percent of campus fleet vehicles are electric.
The university makes all information about endowment holdings available to the public at the investment office. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds, community development loan funds, and on-campus energy and water efficiency projects.
Students make proxy voting recommendations, in concert with guidelines established by the administration, to the board.
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