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Report Card 2011

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University of Montana–Missoula
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Montana–Missoula

School details:

Endowment: $944 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Missoula, Montana


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.



Overall grade  
The University of Montana has completed a climate action plan and has three sustainability committees that have addressed issues such as waste reduction and energy conservation. The sustainability office employs full-time sustainability and recycling coordinators. The university's purchasing policy requires the purchase of efficient appliances, electronics, and environmentally preferable cleaning products. A revolving loan fund helps finance on-campus sustainability projects.
Montana has completed greenhouse gas emissions inventories and aims to be carbon neutral by the year 2020, partially through the purchase of carbon offsets. Numerous energy efficiency technologies have been installed, including lighting upgrades, HVAC system upgrades, and energy management systems. Some campus chillers have been replaced by a geothermal cooling system.
Dining services spends approximately 25 percent of its budget on food that has been grown or processed locally. Sustainably harvested fish and confinement-free, vegetarian-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef is also purchased. Discounts are offered for using a reusable mug, and fair trade coffee is served at dining locations. The university recycles electronics in addition to traditional materials.
The university mandates that all new building projects meet LEED Silver standards. While not officially certified, the Payne Family Native American Center meets LEED Gold standards and uses groundwater to cool the building. To conserve water, Montana has installed low-flow faucets and showerheads and waterless urinals in several locations around campus.
Students hold internships at the sustainability office, and the student government has a sustainability coordinator position. An experimental learning house for UM students is dedicated to conserving energy and promoting efficient building practices. There are at least seven sustainability-themed student organizations on campus, including UM Climate Action Now and Students for Real Food.
All members of the school community can ride local buses for free. Carpoolers get discounted rates on parking passes, and a bike rental program offers free repair services. The campus fleet includes six hybrids and one electric vehicle.
The university makes a list of all holdings available on the school website to the public. The university does not makes its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
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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