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Report Card 2011

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University of Texas–Arlington
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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C
University of Texas–Arlington

School details:

Endowment: $61 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Arlington, 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 Meghna Tare to have this school evaluated in the College Sustainability Report Card 2011 .  A grant was awarded and 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  
C
UT Arlington is committed to sustainability through a formal mission statement, policy, and components of its master plan. A sustainability committee has helped reduce the environmental impact of campus events and facilitated the installation of a photovoltaic system. One full-time staff member directs the new Office of Sustainability. The school’s green purchasing policy encourages procurement of environmentally friendly appliances, lighting, and office supplies.
For the past three decades, UT Arlington has dedicated itself to an energy conservation program; it recently funded a project that will save over $2.25 million in annual utility costs. The school received funds through the State Energy Conservation Office for a grid-tied photovoltaic system installation and also purchases electricity from renewable sources.
Dining services purchases local poultry and some local and organic produce. Some seafood is also sourced locally, and all salmon purchases meet sustainability guidelines. Reusable mug users receive discounts on tea and coffee purchases, and an on-site program composts all preconsumer food scraps for use in campus landscaping. In 2009, the university went trayless, which has reduced food waste by more than 11,500 pounds each semester.
The university's green building policy marks a formal commitment to pursuing sustainable building options, whenever possible, on all new construction and renovation projects. The Engineering Research Building has earned LEED Silver certification. The university has reduced its water consumption per campus user over the past five years and uses retention ponds for stormwater management.
UT Arlington makes presentations on sustainability at new student orientation as well as during leadership retreats, convocation, and all other events hosted by the student affairs division. The school offers one paid sustainability internship during the academic year and coordinates an eco-reps program. The Environmental Society, a student group, is dedicated to increasing campus involvement in sustainability programs.
Students and staff who participate in a ride-sharing program receive the chance to win prizes such as gift cards and plane tickets. The university runs a free campus bus service, which covers six different routes. Shuttles are also provided on the weekends to local shopping destinations. The university partners with a car-sharing program and waives the membership fee for students during the first month of every semester.
The university makes information about endowment holdings available to senior administrators upon request.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring endowment investment in on-campus sustainability projects and renewable energy funds.
The university cannot vote proxies for the portion of the endowment that is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. For direct investments, the university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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