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Report Card 2011

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University of Florida–Gainesville
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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B+
University of Florida–Gainesville

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Endowment: $1,129 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Gainesville, Florida

 

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 University of Florida Sustainability Committee created a sustainability office, hosted the first ever Florida Food Summit in 2010, and has helped integrate sustainability into the curriculum. UFL's sustainable purchasing directive encourages the procurement of Energy Star- and EPEAT-certified products and environmentally preferable paper products.
The university has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83 percent below 2005 levels by 2050; significant reductions have already been made. To conserve energy, T5 and T8 lighting is used in 95 percent of buildings, and heat recovery systems and temperature setbacks are utilized.
Dining services at UFL sources local and organic vegetables, fruit, dairy, and meat, and serves exclusively cage-free eggs. The university also buys fair trade coffee, chocolate, and tea. Disposable dishware used on campus is made of recycled or biodegradable content, and trayless dining saves the university 500,000 gallons of water per year. Composting receptacles are available in residence halls and outdoors, and all landscaping waste is composted or mulched.
UFL requires that all new construction projects and major renovations meet LEED Gold criteria. There are eighteen LEED-certified buildings on campus, as well as two Silver, five Gold, and one Platinum. Low-flow showerheads, faucets, and waterless urinals have been installed in campus buildings, and water consumption on campus has decreased by 24 percent since 2005 despite an increase in the size of the student body. The university diverts 83 percent of construction and demolition waste from landfills.
Nearly 400 students live in sustainability-themed housing at UFL, and the university employs 12 paid and 3 unpaid sustainability interns, as well as 20 unpaid eco-reps. Two sustainability competitions during the 2009-2010 academic year led to a 45-ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and a 122,580-gallon reduction in water consumption.
Approximately 85 percent of students commute to campus via environmentally preferable means. The university provides free shuttle service on and around campus for members of the campus community. Preferential parking is provided to faculty and staff who carpool to work, and a ride-matching service is also available.
The university makes a list of all holdings available online to trustees and senior administrators, and makes only asset allocation information available to the public. 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 also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The university provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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