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Report Card 2011

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University of Delaware
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Delaware

School details:

Endowment: $1,008 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Newark, Delaware


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Please note: This school did not respond to any of the three administrator surveys. The data used for both the profile and grading was compiled from independent research. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology section.  


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  
The University of Delaware acknowledges the importance of sustainability in its strategic plan and is in the process of implementing its Climate Action Plan. Purchasing guidelines give preference to environmentally friendly products, and only post-consumer recycled napkins are used on campus. The Sustainability Task Force finances efficiency projects and trains Green Liaisons, who encourage their coworkers and peers to act sustainably.
The University of Delaware has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent below 2008 levels by 2020. Recent building efficiency investments are estimated to reduce 2,120 tons of carbon dioxide and save 16,838,000 gallons of water. The University constructed a two-megawatt wind turbine in 2010, and an 850-kilowatt solar installation is currently under construction.
Dining halls feature local produce, dairy products, and baked goods, and some sustainably harvested seafood. Vegetables from the Graduate Student Gardens are used for catered events. Fair trade coffee is available at multiple locations around campus. Students can take food to-go in reusable containers; discounts are given for using reusable bags, mugs, and containers; and dining halls are trayless. The university’s new single-stream recycling program has significantly raised recycling rates.
New construction is designed to meet or exceed LEED-Silver standards. To reduce water use, the university has installed low-flow showerheads in all buildings and many water-efficient washing machines. In landscaping practices, organic fertilizer and mulch is used in some places instead of harmful chemicals, and native plant species are chosen to minimize water and chemical pesticide use.
The members of Students for the Environment have urged senators to support climate change legislation, hosted environmental education events and service projects, and run monthly clothing swaps, among other initiatives. Six student interns are working on a plan to manage stormwater runoff, and students can act as green liaisons for their groups. The university participates in RecycleMania, which encourages students to increase recycling rates.
To encourage carpooling, the university allows employees and students to split the cost of a parking permit, provides discounts for groups of three or more, and reserves preferable parking spaces for carpoolers. Free shuttles serve the campus and local shopping destinations, and two of the buses are hydrogen fueled. Bike lanes around campus have been expanded.
The university makes a list of all holdings available only to trustees and senior administrators. 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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