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Report Card 2011

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University of Miami
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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B-
University of Miami

School details:

Endowment: $539 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Coral Gables, Florida

 

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  
B -
The University of Miami is committed to sustainability through a formal policy as well as components of the campus master plan and strategic plan. The Green U Task Force has worked on multiple sustainability initiatives, such as improving the school's recycling program and establishing a green building policy. The university employs a full-time sustainability coordinator and regularly purchases Energy Star appliances, environmentally preferable paper products, and EPEAT-certified computers.
UM has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent from 2005 levels by 2020 and purchases renewable energy credits for a portion of its electricity. Numerous energy efficiency technologies have been installed on campus, including HVAC system upgrades, efficient lighting fixtures, lighting sensors, and variable speed drives.
Dining services spends approximately 13 percent of its food budget on local products. Organic produce and dairy, cage-free eggs, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat products, and sustainably harvested seafood are also purchased for the campus. Individuals who use a reusable bag or mug receive discounts, and fair trade coffee is available at all coffee-serving locations on campus. All residential dining halls are trayless, and the university recycles electronics in addition to traditional materials.
The university mandates that all new construction and renovation projects meet LEED Silver criteria at a minimum. There are three LEED-certified buildings on campus, including the LEED Gold-certified UM field house, which features high-reflectance roofing and low-flow water fixtures. An underground chilled water loop system provides air conditioning for about 80 percent of the buildings on the Coral Gables campus.
Earth Alert, one of several sustainability-related student groups at UM, aims to educate students and faculty about environmental issues and participates in activities such as beach cleanups and mangrove restorations. The Green U Roundtable is composed mainly of students and works with the sustainability coordinator and multiple departments to implement campus environmental initiatives.
Free and discounted transit passes are provided to university employees, and a fleet of buses provides free transportation around campus. Faculty and employees who drive hybrid vehicles to work receive a 50 percent discount on parking passes. A car-sharing program also helps reduce vehicular traffic on campus, and community members can receive discounts when purchasing a bicycle.
The university makes a list of asset allocation available at the investment office to the general public. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The university provides guidelines that encourage its investment managers to act in a prudent manner when considering socially responsible investment issues.
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