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Report Card 2011

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University of South Carolina
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of South Carolina

School details:

Endowment: $391 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Columbia, South Carolina


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


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 South Carolina has both a sustainability policy and a sustainability plan. The Environmental Advisory Committee has increased sustainability offerings in the academic curriculum and expanded on-campus sustainable food options. The sustainability office employs one full-time director, and other faculty and staff members work part time on sustainability efforts.
USC completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory in 2008 and is committed to reduce emissions 20 percent below 2004 levels by 2020. Energy consumption has decreased through the use of temperature setbacks as well as efficiency technologies such as heat recovery systems and economizers. Renewable energy is produced on campus through photovoltaic arrays, a biomass burner, and two solar hot water systems.
Dining services spends 5 percent of its annual food budget on local items and serves only hormone- and antibiotic-free milk and sustainably harvested seafood. Fair trade coffee and tea are served at some dining locations, and discounts are offered for the use of reusable mugs. The university provides move-in and move-out materials collection, and all computer labs require students to provide their own paper.
All new building projects at USC must meet at least LEED Silver criteria. Two campus buildings are LEED Silver certified, one is Gold certified, and five meet Silver criteria. Water conservation technologies have been installed on campus, including water metering, dual-flush toilets, and low-flow faucets and showerheads. The university also makes use of rain gardens, living roofs, retention ponds, and other stormwater management strategies.
Students may choose to live in the Green Living Community. The university employs 25 student sustainability interns as well as more than 20 eco-reps. Annual participation in RecycleMania has led to a 20 percent increase in recycling rates.
USC provides ride-matching programs and partners with a car-sharing program. The university provides free transportation around campus and started a bike rental program in 2009. The campus motor fleet includes vehicles powered by electricity, biofuel, ethanol, and hydrogen.
The university makes a list of asset allocation and external managers, as well as mutual fund, equity, fixed income, hedge fund, venture capital, natural resource, and cash holdings, available to the public on the school website. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds. An investment policy that would consider environmental and sustainability factors is currently under consideration.
The university is unable to vote proxies for the portion of the endowment that is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles, and asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting for all eligible holdings.
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