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Report Card 2011

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University of the Pacific
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of the Pacific

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Endowment: $190 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Stockton, California


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  
B +
The University Sustainability Committee facilitates sustainability initiatives and resolutions, and the university employs a sustainability coordinator who develops and advances programs to support sustainability efforts. Nearly all electronics purchased are Energy Star certified, and paper towels, napkins, and toilet paper used on campus all contain postconsumer recycled content.
Energy efficiency technologies have been installed, including energy management systems and steam line insulation in all buildings, as well as economizers in more than half of buildings. Awareness campaigns encourage campus community members to conserve energy. Solar panels atop the Chambers Technology Center produce renewable energy for the campus.
The university purchases some local and organic items, and sources exclusively vegetarian-fed and confinement-free ground beef, free-range eggs, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and dairy, sustainably harvested seafood, and fair trade coffee. Incentives are offered for use of reusable containers, and pre- and postconsumer food scraps are composted at all meals.
All new construction must meet LEED Silver standards. One building on campus is LEED Silver certified, and one is expected to receive LEED Gold certification. Water conservation technologies have been installed, including efficient laundry technology and leak detection and reduction systems, and the university uses several stormwater management strategies.
Students may choose to live in the Residence for Earth and Environmental Living and Learning, and new student orientation includes lectures and hands-on activities related to sustainability. Two student groups, Students for Environmental Action and the Student Sustainability Coalition, work to unite the campus around environmental issues.
Over half of the vehicles in the campus motor fleet are electric, including 17 that are fitted with solar panels. All buildings are within a reasonable walking distance on the small campus, and the master plan includes a vehicle-free central campus. A bike-sharing program was started in 2005.
The university makes a list of all holdings available at the investment office to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. A list of asset allocation, external managers, and mutual funds is available to the general public per open records law. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level is available to the general public at the investment office.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds. The university also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The university is unable to vote proxies for most of the endowment, which is in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. For the remaining funds, the university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting and provide a voting summary.
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