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Report Card 2011

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University of New Mexico
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of New Mexico

School details:

Endowment: $280 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: No


Please note: This school did not respond to any of the three administrator surveys. The data used for both the profile and grading was compiled from independent research. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology section.  


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 New Mexico has released a climate action plan and lists sustainability as one of seven core values in its master plan. The Office of Sustainability employs a program specialist. EPEAT certification is a base requirement for all computer and electronics purchases, and the university purchases Energy Star-qualified products whenever possible.
UNM aims to be carbon neutral by 2050. Energy consumption on the Albuquerque campus has decreased nearly 19 percent since 2008. The university operates a cogeneration facility, and numerous energy-saving technologies have been installed, including HVAC system upgrades and lighting sensors and retrofits. A 500-kilowatt solar array provides 100 percent of the power needed for UNM's Taos campus.
The university's food service provider purchases locally sourced, organic food products. Only seafood that meets sustainable harvest guidelines is served on campus, and all chicken and pork is hormone and antibiotic free. Dining facilities are trayless, and pre- and postconsumer food waste is composted at all meals. In 2009, over 106,092 tons of material were diverted from the waste stream for recycling.
The university is subject to a New Mexico governor's executive order, which requires new construction to meet LEED Silver standards and achieve a 20 percent reduction in energy consumption by the year 2020. The Castetter Hall addition is LEED Gold certified, and six other buildings on campus meet LEED criteria. Low-flow showerheads have been installed in all dorms.
The UNM eco-reps program provides recycling tips and resources to members of the campus community. A newly created competition among dorms encourages students to reduce their energy consumption. The Sustainability Club, one of several groups on campus, ran a clothing swap during Earth Day celebrations.
The university fleet includes at least 84 alternative-fuel vehicles. UNM offers a free ride-matching service and provides preferable parking for fuel-efficient vehicles. Free passes for the Albuquerque bus system are available to all students, faculty, and staff. UNM also runs a bike-sharing program and partners with a car-sharing program.
The University of New Mexico Foundation makes a list of all holdings available to the public. This information is accessible to the school community on a password-protected site and to the public at the investment office.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds.
The foundation does not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds.
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