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Report Card 2011

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University of Nevada–Reno
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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B
University of Nevada–Reno

School details:

  Grade lower than last year

 

Endowment: $186 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Reno, Nevada

 

Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: No

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  
B
The University of Nevada's sustainability committee has developed a comprehensive sustainability plan for the campus and has addressed issues such as energy and waste reduction. The university also employs a full-time environmental affairs manager who coordinates on-campus sustainability projects. A green purchasing policy requires the purchase of energy-efficient appliances and lightbulbs, and environmentally preferable paper products and EPEAT-certified computers are purchased regularly.
UNR has completed greenhouse gas emissions inventories and has installed energy efficiency technologies, including energy management systems, lighting retrofits, and steam line insulation. The university purchases approximately 14 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources. Solar panels on the Crowley Student Union have generated over 85,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity since installation.
Dining services purchases locally sourced dairy and vegetables, fair trade coffee, and cage-free eggs, as well as mixed greens from an on-campus greenhouse. In addition, dining services commits 1 percent of meal plan revenue toward sustainability initiatives. Disposable dishware is made from biodegradable and recycled content, and used cooking oil is recycled for biodiesel production.
The university has a sustainable building policy that prioritizes the inclusion of LEED principles in all new construction. The Athletics Academic Center is LEED Silver certified, and the Joe Crowley Student Union meets LEED Silver criteria. Water conservation measures include xeriscaping and the installation of waterless urinals and low-flow plumbing fixtures.
A green guide with tips and resources on sustainable living is distributed to incoming freshman each year. The Sustainable Energy Forum works to spread awareness of current and future energy problems, and the Environmental Action Team (EnAcT) encourages student action to promote sustainability on the UNR campus.
UNR's fleet includes 6 hybrids, 20 vehicles that run on B20 biofuel or higher, and multiple electric golf carts. Students and employees receive significant discounts on local bus passes, and the university runs a free city-to-campus bus service and a campus shuttle. The university offers discounted parking permits for carpoolers and coordinates an online ride-share network.
The University of Nevada–Reno Foundation makes a list of all holdings available to the public at the investment office per open records law. The foundation does not make the shareholder voting record of its commingled funds public.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds. The foundation also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
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The foundation is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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