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Report Card 2011

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University of Saskatchewan
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Saskatchewan

School details:

Endowment: $178 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada


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  
C +
The University of Saskatchewan includes sustainability components in its campus master plan and strategic plan. The Sustainability Commitment Working Group was formed in 2008 and is currently drafting a campus sustainability plan. One part-time and four full-time staff members work in the university’s sustainability office.
The university has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory that reaches back to 1990 and is committed to reducing emissions 6 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. To lower electricity demands on campus, the university has installed technologies such as economizers, lighting sensors, and energy-efficient lighting.
Dining services sources vegetables, fruit, and eggs locally. The University Horticulture Club also provides the university with organic vegetables. All eggs served on campus are cage free, and some fair trade coffee is available. Discounts are offered for using reusable mugs; excess food is donated; and trayless dining began in September 2010. The university recycles traditional materials as well as many electronic items.
The university has one LEED Gold-certified building on campus and a building awaiting LEED-CI certification. Three buildings that are currently under construction are expected to achieve at least LEED Silver certification. Since 2000, the university has repurposed over 195,000 square feet of existing building space for alternative use. The campus features living roofs, porous pavement, and vegetative swales to manage stormwater.
The university's sustainability office offers three full-time internships during the summer and three part-time internships during the academic year. Student groups engaged in sustainability include the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union, Biology Club, Footprint Design, Environmental Studies Students’ Association, Horticulture Club, ROOTED, and the School of Environment and Sustainability Students Association.
All diesel vehicles in the university fleet now use a biodiesel fuel blend. The university participates in a nationwide carpooling program and, in collaboration with the city of Saskatoon, provides low-cost U-Passes to students. The center of campus is closed to vehicular traffic.
The university makes a list of all holdings, as well as a list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, available at the investment office to all members of the school community, including, faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The university provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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