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Report Card 2011

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University of Hawaii–Manoa
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Hawaii–Manoa

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Endowment: $237 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii


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 University of Hawai'i is committed to sustainability through an official charter. The office responsible for sustainability employs two full-time coordinators, and 90 staff members are engaged in sustainability part time. A sustainability committee has been diligent in seeking out adaptive reuse projects in the place of new construction.
The university has achieved a 20 percent reduction in electricity consumption since 2004 and aims to reach 50 percent by 2015. To decrease energy use, the university has implemented temperature setbacks and energy management systems as well as the installation of heat recovery systems. Energy audits and campaigns encourage individuals to reduce personal energy use.
Dining services spends roughly 10 percent of its food budget on local items, including produce, milk, eggs, seafood, and baked goods. A variety of fish served on campus is sustainably harvested, and some fair trade coffee and tea is served. In order to reduce waste, preconsumer food scraps are composted at all meals; used cooking oil is recycled for biodiesel production; and 60 percent of meals are trayless.
All new buildings at the university must meet at least LEED Silver criteria. There are currently four LEED-certified buildings and six buildings under construction or in the planning phase that will meet LEED Silver status or better. Nearly 80 percent of construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills, and the university is utilizing several stormwater management techniques, such as living roofs and retention ponds, for new campus projects.
The university employs 12 paid and 20 unpaid sustainability interns annually. A student organization reduced one building’s energy use by 26 percent, creating $150,000 in annual savings, and is performing energy, water, and waste audits campus wide. Other student groups implement recycling, farm organically, promote sustainable business, and advocate for cycling. Students also participate in several competitions, such as RecycleMania, which has increased the campus recycling rate by 10 percent.
All students are granted unlimited public transit access throughout Honolulu via the U-Pass program. Additionally, an online ride-share program connects carpoolers, and carpools of two or more receive free parking. UH operates free shuttles to on-campus destinations, and free bike repair and refurbishing services are available for students, faculty, and staff through a student bicycle promotion organization.
The University of Hawai'i Foundation makes a list of all holdings available online to the public. The foundation does not have individual holdings and, as a result, does not vote proxies and has nothing to make public.
The foundation 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 foundation is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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