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Report Card 2011

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University of Iowa
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Iowa

School details:

  Grade lower than last year


Endowment: $766 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Iowa City, Iowa


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  
C -
The University of Iowa has demonstrated a commitment to environmental stewardship through incorporation of sustainability components in its master plan. Two sustainability committees work on a variety of initiatives on campus, and a sustainability office is headed up by a full-time director. The university purchases a variety of Energy Star products and postconsumer recycled paper.
To reduce energy use, the university operates a cogeneration facility and has implemented several measures, including energy management systems and chilled water metering. Energy-efficient technologies, such as steam trap systems, have also been installed. The university uses individual energy audits and awareness campaigns to encourage the campus community to conserve energy.
Dining services at UI purchases a variety of local and organic foods. In order to reduce waste, free refills are offered to students who use reusable mugs, and trayless meals are encouraged. The university recycles most traditional materials and runs an electronics recycling program. A year-round surplus store is available for exchanging used items, and most printers default to a double-sided setting to reduce paper use.
All new buildings and major renovations at UI are built to meet LEED criteria. Currently, seven projects that are intended to meet LEED certification criteria are in the planning, design, or construction phases.
Environmental student groups at the UI have worked on a variety of initiatives, including conducting a waste audit, increasing the number of recycling bins on campus, working on anti-coal campaigns, and hosting Earth Week speakers and events. The university employs four paid sustainability interns during the year.
The school subsidizes local public transportation for the school community and offers a free shuttle service to on- and off-campus destinations. The university also promotes a vanpool program.
The university 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 the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The university is unable to vote proxies for most of the endowment, which is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. For separately managed accounts, the university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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