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Report Card 2011

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University of Oregon–Eugene
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Oregon–Eugene

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Endowment: $427 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Eugene, Oregon


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: No


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 Oregon Environmental Issues Committee works to implement sustainability initiatives. Since 2007, the university has employed a full-time director in the sustainability office. The student sustainability fund annually provides $35,000 from the university’s operating budget to support student initiatives to green the campus.
The university has conducted a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and is committed to reduce emissions 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. An energy management system is in place, and live energy monitoring data is viewable for many building. Lighting sensors and energy-efficient lighting have also been installed to reduce energy use.
Over 25 percent of the university’s dining budget is spent on organic or local food items. Dining services purchases vegetarian-fed pork and beef, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and dairy products, as well as sustainably harvested seafood. Pre- and postconsumer food waste is composted at most meals. Excess food is donated to a food bank, and all dining halls are trayless.
All new buildings at UO must meet at least LEED Silver standards. The university currently has one LEED Gold-certified and one LEED Silver-certified building, with six additional buildings meeting LEED standards. Low-flow faucets and showerheads have been installed, and the university uses weather-informed irrigation.
New students are introduced to sustainability principles through skits and presentations at orientation. The university annually participates in three resource conservation competitions and employs 25 student sustainability interns. UO is home to a number of sustainability-themed student organizations, including the Coalition Against Environmental Racism, which focuses on environmental and social justice.
Ninety percent of students and 50 percent of faculty and staff commute via environmentally preferable methods. Since 2008, the university has operated a bike-sharing program with 75 bikes available for rental, and in 2009, a bike repair shop was opened. Discounts on parking passes and preferable parking spaces are offered to carpools with three or more riders. All members of the campus community ride on local transit for free.
The University of Oregon Foundation makes a list of all holdings available to university trustees, and a list of external managers and mutual funds available to senior administrators. The foundation only makes a list of asset allocation available to the general public. Votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level are made available to trustees and senior administrators.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns. The endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds and is exploring, but not currently invested in, community development loan funds.
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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