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Report Card 2011

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University of Guelph
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Guelph

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Endowment: $132 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Guelph, Ontario, Canada


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 Guelph has demonstrated a commitment to the environment in its campus master and strategic plans. Two sustainability committees have worked on a number of initiatives, including planning a solar installation, developing tools for faculty, creating a sustainability website, and planning retrofits. The university has a sustainability office and a full-time sustainability coordinator who oversees the Green Department Program.
The university has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. To reduce energy use, temperature setbacks and energy management systems are utilized, and energy-efficient technologies, such as steam trap systems, economizers, and steam line insulation, have been installed. The university also encourages energy conservation through energy audits, awareness campaigns, and trade-in programs for inefficient appliances.
In order to reduce waste, discounts are offered to students who use reusable to-go containers and mugs; used cooking oil is recycled for biodiesel production; and excess food is donated to a local food bank. Fair trade coffee, chocolate, tea, and sugar are used in some dining locations. The university runs the Move-Out Madness program to salvage reusable items at the end of the year.
The university maintains one LEED Silver-certified building and one building that meets LEED Silver criteria. U of G has achieved a 38 percent reduction in per capita water consumption since 2005 through the use of technologies such as leak detection and reduction, and low-flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets.
Environmental student groups at U of G have worked on a variety of initiatives, including collecting day-old foods from grocery stores to serve free meals, campaigning to eliminate bottled water on campus, and advocating for animal rights. The university works with four sustainability interns and at least four eco-reps. Several sustainability competitions are held on campus; students may choose to live in EcoHouse; and new student orientation incorporates presentations about environmental stewardship.
The school offers a free shuttle service to off campus destinations and heavily subsidizes local public transportation. Carpoolers have access to a ride-matching site and receive parking discounts and reserved spaces.
A list of external managers and asset allocation is available to the entire school community upon request. Trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community have additional access to a list of cash, equity, and fixed income holdings upon request. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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