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Report Card 2011

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University of Houston
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Houston

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Endowment: $440 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Houston, Texas


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 Houston has a formal campus sustainability policy approved by the president, as well as a sustainability task force comprised of students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Sustainability training is incorporated in all employee orientations, and a green departmental certification program has been approved by the task force.
UH aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 and has reduced energy consumption in buildings to 16 percent below 2005 levels. T5 and T8 lighting are used in all campus buildings, and temperature setbacks, energy metering, and condensate recovery are all used to conserve energy.
Dining services at UH purchases local fruit, vegetables, and herbs. Seventy-five percent of chicken and 100 percent of milk purchased is hormone and antibiotic free. The university uses exclusively reusable and biodegradable to-go containers in its dining facilities, and all cooking oil is recycled. In addition, all meals in the campus dining halls are trayless. All landscaping waste is composted or mulched, and students have limited free printing.
The university has a formal green building policy, and 600,000 square feet of building space meets LEED silver criteria. The Keeland Design Center has a green roof and was constructed with entirely reused materials. Twenty-five percent of construction and demolition waste was diverted from landfills during the 2009-2010 academic year. UH has reduced water use per capita by 20 percent below 2005 levels.
Sustainability-themed housing is available, and all incoming students receive an environmental orientation. Students participate in recycling contests as well as numerous on-campus events, including Green Commuter Fairs, Earth Day celebrations, and a football game dedicated to all the green programs at the university and in the city of Houston.
UH offers a 50 percent discount to students for local public transportation, as well as free shuttle service on campus. A bike rental program is available to students for five dollars a day, and a car-sharing program allows students to rent cars for eight dollars an hour. In addition, 15 percent of UH's vehicle fleet is completely electric.
The university makes a list of all holdings available online to the general public per open records law. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions, only by category, is sent upon request to the general public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds.
The university provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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