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Report Card 2011

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University of Missouri–Columbia
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Missouri–Columbia

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Endowment: $882 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Columbia, Missouri


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 Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Committee at the University of Missouri works to implement programs in all realms of campus life and recently recommended a sustainability policy that was approved by the chancellor. The sustainability office employs a full-time coordinator, and the university regularly purchases energy-efficient appliances and environmentally preferable paper products.
The university has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent from 2008 levels by 2015 and has achieved an 8 percent reduction since 2008. Cogeneration is utilized to produce energy, and numerous energy efficiency technologies have been installed on campus. A new biomass boiler has been purchased and is projected to contribute to annual emissions reductions.
Dining services spends approximately 10 percent of its food budget on local products, including produce sourced from an on-campus garden. Fifteen percent of beef purchases are confinement free, vegetarian fed, and hormone and antibiotic free. Fair trade coffee and tea are served on campus, and students receive a discount for using a reusable mug. The university recycles electronics in addition to traditional materials and runs move-in and move-out waste reduction programs.
The university aims to incorporate sustainability principles and concepts into all of its new construction projects. There are two Energy Star-labeled buildings on campus, and the Missouri Orthopedic Institute meets LEED criteria but is not certified. Low-flow showerheads and faucets, dual-flush toilets, and water metering have been installed to conserve water.
There are at least 15 sustainability-themed student groups at the university. Sustain Mizzou has engaged in projects such as tailgate recycling, and the Missouri Students Assocation passed a resolution to install a one dollar student green fee. The annual residence hall energy-saving competition, which utilized a number of energy dashboards, resulted in a 6 percent decrease in electricity use over three months. Five paid eco-reps work to encourage sustainable living habit among their peers.
Free bus transportation is provided around campus to all members of the school community, and students receive 50 percent discounts on local public transit passes. A new bike resource center, which features bike training and free repair service, is pursuing a bike rental program. A car-sharing program helps relieve congestion and parking demand on campus. The university fleet has 2 hybrids and 77 vehicles that run on B20 biofuel.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to the public on the school website per open records law. The university does not makes its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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