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Report Card 2011

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University of Kentucky
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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C+

School details:

  Grade lower than last year

 

Endowment: $806 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Lexington, Kentucky

 

Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: No

 

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 Kentucky approved a sustainability policy statement in 2009 and is working to integrate sustainability principles into all of its guiding documents. The President's Sustainability Advisory Committee helped establish a community garden and is working with athletics to expand recycling at football games. The university employs a sustainability coordinator and two graduate assistants to work on sustainability initiatives. UK also purchases Energy Star appliances and recycled paper products, and funds additional sustainability projects through a student fee.
To decrease energy use, the university has implemented temperature setbacks and installed steam trap systems, energy management systems, variable speed drives, chilled water and electric metering, lighting sensors, and energy-efficient lighting. Campus community members are encouraged to reduce their personal energy use through awareness campaigns.
Dining services spends 11 percent of its budget on local items. The university also sources hormone- and antibiotic-free milk and fair trade coffee. To reduce waste, UK began a trayless dining program in 2008 and has completed a food waste audit. Used cooking oil is recycled for biodiesel production, and preconsumer food scraps are recycled. The university runs an annual cardboard recycling drive to reduce move-in and move-out waste, and composts or mulches 75 percent of landscaping waste.
All new construction must be built to LEED standards. To reduce water consumption, the university has installed building water metering, leak detection technology, low-flow showerheads, and weather-informed irrigation that uses non-potable water. The newly built Albert B. Chandler Hospital features a 23,000-square-foot green roof.
UK employs 15 sustainability interns and also runs an eco-reps program. The Greenthumb organization raises awareness about many environmental issues and also campaigns against mountaintop removal. The Student Sustainability Council governs the funds collected from the student environmental stewardship fee and coordinates multiple internships as well as a sustainability lecture series.
The university offers preferential parking to faculty and staff who carpool, provides subsidized bus passes to students, and operates a free on-campus shuttle. A free bike-sharing program makes 125 bikes available for rental to members of the campus community. The school also partners with a car-sharing program and offers telecommuting and condensed work week options to full-time employees.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to the public per open records law and sends the information to individuals upon request.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, community development loan funds, or renewable energy funds.
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The university is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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