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Report Card 2011

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University of Maine
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Maine

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Endowment: $110 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Orono, Maine


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 Maine has incorporated a sustainability component into its master plan. Both the Campus Planning Committee and the University of Maine Sustainability Alliance work on campus sustainability initiatives, and the university employs a full-time sustainability coordinator. UMaine's green purchasing policy mandates procurement of Energy Star appliances. Efficiency projects are financed through a $300,000 revolving loan fund.
UMaine has reduced greenhouse gas emissions 16 percent since 2005 and aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. Energy-conserving technologies installed on campus include a cogeneration facility, back-pressure turbines, lighting sensors, energy-efficient lighting, and variable speed drives. The university has two solar hot water systems and purchases 30 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.
Dining services purchases local and organic produce and dairy and serves exclusively fair trade coffee. All students are given a free reusable mug and receive beverage discounts for using it. Preconsumer food scraps are composted at all meals, and Hilltop Dining Commons is piloting a single-stream recycling project. The university diverts over 40 percent of its waste from landfills, and composts or mulches all of its landscaping waste.
The university requires all new campus construction to be built to LEED Silver standards. There are currently four LEED-certified buildings on campus, and UMaine diverts 84 percent of construction and demolition waste from landfills. Several water conservation technologies have also been employed, including dual-flush toilets, and low-flow faucets and showerheads.
Sustainability issues are incorporated into resident assistants' presentations at new student orientation. The UMaine Green Team has successfully advocated for a pilot program on single-stream recycling and also lobbies for statewide clean energy legislation. The Sustainable Agriculture Enthusiasts focus on incorporating more local foods into dining services.
The campus fleet includes 11 gasoline-electric hybrids. Faculty, staff, and students who participate in the carpooling program are given free permits and preferential parking. All campus community members also ride free on Bangor Area Transit buses, and the university jointly operates a completely free shuttle with the municipality and the town. The school also runs a bike-sharing program.
The University of Maine Foundation makes a list of asset allocation and external managers available online to the public. It has no known policy of disclosure of its shareholder voting record.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in on-campus sustainability projects. The foundation also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The foundation asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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