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Report Card 2011

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University of Manitoba
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Manitoba

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Endowment: $236 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

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.



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The University of Manitoba's newly formed sustainability committee is drafting a campus sustainability action plan and expanding the school's recycling program. The university also employs a full-time sustainability coordinator. A green purchasing policy encourages the purchase of energy-efficient appliances and lighting as well as environmentally preferable paper products. A student green fee helps finance on-campus recycling.
The university has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent each year. Numerous energy efficiency technologies have been installed on campus, including economizers and energy management systems. All lighting has been upgraded to efficient fixtures. The university's Alternative Village features several forms of alternative energy, including a 30-kilowatt electric biomass generator, four solar heating systems, two wind turbines, and a 1-kilowatt photovoltaic system.
Dining services purchases local, organic food products as well as fair trade coffee, hormone- and antibiotic-free dairy products, and seafood that meets sustainability guidelines. Trayless dining saves almost 25,000 gallons of water annually. The university recycles electronics in addition to traditional materials and runs a year-round materials exchange program to reduce waste.
The university mandates that all new construction meet LEED Silver standards at a minimum. The Aboriginal House is LEED Gold certified, and two other buildings on campus meet LEED criteria. Water-cooled condensers connected to the district heat recovery system have helped reduce water consumption 50 percent from 1998 levels. Low-flow faucets and showerheads have been installed throughout campus.
Students address sustainability and recycling issues through the University of Manitoba Recycling and Environmental Group, and student union representatives participate in sustainability planning processes. The Campus Commute Challenge encourages the use of alternative forms of transportation among students.
Students have access to reduced-fare public transportation, and a free shuttle runs throughout campus and to a local grocery store. The university owns a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for use by engineering faculty and physical plant staff members.
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 investigating or investing in 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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