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Report Card 2011

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University of North Texas
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Courtesy of North Texas

School details:

Endowment: $62 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Denton, Texas


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


An application was submitted by Todd Spinks to have this school evaluated in the College Sustainability Report Card 2011 . A contribution was made to cover the cost of inclusion.  Learn more about how a school can apply for inclusion.  


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 Sustainability Council at the University of North Texas recently issued the Green Report #1, which delineates the university's sustainability strategy. The sustainability office, which employs three full-time staff members and two graduate students, is finalizing the university's climate action plan. The university regularly purchases 100 percent postconsumer recycled paper products and Energy Star appliances.
UNT has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and aims to reduce emissions 100 percent by 2040. The university purchases 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources and has installed numerous energy-saving technologies, including energy management systems, lighting retrofits and sensors, and HVAC system upgrades.
Dining services spends 30 percent of its budget on local and organic food products. Sustainably harvested, vegetarian-fed, confinement-free, and hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and fish products are purchased as well. Only fair trade coffee is served on campus, and students receive discounts for using a reusable mug. Disposable dishware is made from recycled and biodegradable content, and the university recycles electronics in addition to traditional materials.
UNT mandates that all new construction projects meet LEED Silver standards. The Life Sciences Complex is LEED Silver certified and incorporates recycled materials and water-efficient landscaping. The university has installed low-flow water fixtures and waterless urinals, and uses stone and vegetated swales to manage stormwater on campus.
North Texas Energy and Environmental Club campaigned for and helped pass a student green fee to support on-campus sustainability projects. UNT Slow Foods regularly hosts community sustainable food potlucks, and the Silvey Society has worked to secure land for tree plantings and an arboretum. UNT's Environmental Stewardship Program empowers and encourages students to live sustainably through resources, lectures, trips, and tips on green living.
The university community rides free on the Denton County Transit Authority. A car-sharing program featuring four vehicles, including one hybrid, helps reduce traffic on campus. The university fleet features seventeen electric vehicles and five hybrids.
The university makes a list of asset allocation, external managers, and mutual funds available to the public online. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is invested in community development loan funds. The university is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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