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Report Card 2011

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University of Puget Sound
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Puget Sound

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Endowment: $233 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Tacoma, Washington


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 Puget Sound's Sustainability Advisory Committee promotes environmental stewardship on campus and has completed a climate action plan. The university has a formal sustainability plan and green purchasing policy. Each semester, a sustainability grant fund program offers funds to any member of the school community whose project ideas have the potential to provide institutionalized sustainability benefits.
The university has conducted a greenhouse gas emissions inventory as well as energy audits on individual buildings. To conserve energy, Puget Sound has implemented temperature setbacks and installed steam trap systems, energy-efficient lighting, and temperature control timers. The university also uses a centralized energy management system to monitor the campus.
The university uses distributors to source food from 50 local farms, and buys cage-free eggs and some hormone-free yogurt and cheese. Exclusively fair trade coffee is served on campus, and the university provides free reusable mugs to the school community and offers a discount for their use. The Food Salvage Program donates excess food to local shelters, and 50 percent of meals at Puget Sound are trayless. The college recycles some electronic items in addition to traditional materials.
The University of Puget Sound is committed to sustainable design and incorporates many LEED standards into construction projects. The campus includes two LEED Gold-certified buildings. To reduce water use on campus, Puget Sound has installed dual-flush toilets, low-flow faucets and showerheads, and waterless urinals.
The university’s Live Green House, a LEED-certified residence, is a sustainability-themed housing option for students. New students at Puget Sound attend a half-week camping trip during which they learn about living sustainably and responsibly in the outdoors as well as on campus. The university employs 4 student sustainability staff, and 25 students serve on the Sustainability Advisory Committee.
Puget Sound offers reserved parking benefits to employees who carpool. The student body runs a bike-sharing program and organizes free bus passes for all students. Seventy-five percent of students and 20 percent of faculty commute to campus via environmentally preferable methods.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community on a password-protected website. A list of asset allocation and external managers is available to the general public. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy 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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