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Report Card 2011

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University of Idaho
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Idaho

School details:

  Grade lower than last year


Endowment: $149 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Moscow, Idaho


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 Idaho has demonstrated a commitment to the environment through incorporation of environmental goals into the strategic plan and three formal sustainability committees, including a transportation and dining committee. The university has a green purchasing policy and a sustainability office with a full-time sustainability coordinator and 12 staff, and has signed the Presidents' Climate Commitment and the Talloires Declaration.
The university has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and aims to be carbon neutral by 2030. Several measures have already been implemented to reduce energy use, including temperature setbacks, HVAC upgrades, T5 and T8 lighting, lighting sensors, steam line insulation, and variable speed drives. These energy efficiency improvements are saving the university over $500,000 per year.
Dining services offers fair trade coffee in all on-campus locations. In order to reduce waste, pre- and postconsumer food scraps are composted at all meals; used cooking oil is recycled for biodiesel production or mixed with feed and fertilizer for use on local farms; meals are trayless; and discounts are offered to students who use reusable mugs. All plastic and Styrofoam dishware has been replaced with biodegradable alternatives. These efforts are expected to reduce dining services waste by up to 90 percent.
All new construction and major renovations are required to meet LEED Silver standards. The university has reduced water use from 314 million to 250 million gallons per year over the past two decades. In order to achieve this, the university has used reclaimed water for irrigation as well as an automated irrigation system. In addition, the university has installed low-flow faucets and showerheads.
Environmental student groups have worked on a variety of initiatives, including organizing events for Earth Week, procuring fair trade products, running an organic farm, and promoting local conservation efforts. The university also has an annual waste reduction competition.
The university promotes a local ride-sharing program and has two electric vehicles used to transport facilities employees. A free bike-sharing program is available for students, as well as a free biodiesel-fueled shuttle service to on- and off-campus destinations. The university has installed more bike racks and partners with a local bike repair shop. Free air stations, regular bike repair clinics, and student-organized events further promote sustainable transportation options.
The university has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and has not made any public statements about exploring or investing in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The university has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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