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Report Card 2011

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University of Toledo
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Toledo

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Endowment: $190 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Toledo, Ohio


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 Toledo is committed to sustainability through a formal policy and a component in its strategic plan. Three committees and two full-time employees in the energy management department oversee the development and implementation of sustainability programs on campus. Sustainability is also incorporated into new employee training. All computers, printers, and refrigerators purchased for the campus meet Energy Star standards.
The university is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2014. Energy use on campus has decreased through the use of efficiency technologies such as economizers and steam trap systems. The school generates renewable energy from biomass, solar power, geothermal, photovoltaic, and wind sources, and purchases renewable energy credits.
Over 5 percent of the annual food budget is used to purchase local products, such as vegetables, fruit, nuts, grains, and baked goods. All eggs served are cage free, and most dairy products are hormone and antibiotic free. Discounts are given for the use of reusable mugs, and all dining locations are trayless. Toledo has also instituted smaller portion sizes to prevent food waste. In addition to traditional materials, the university recycles tires, wood, and electronic waste.
All new building projects are required to meet LEED Silver standards. The Memorial Field House is LEED Gold certified; nine other buildings meet LEED Silver standards; and five buildings meet LEED-EB standards. Water-saving measures on campus include the use of metering, low-flow faucets, non-potable water use, and weather-informed irrigation systems. Retention ponds and collection barrels are used to manage stormwater.
At orientation, new students attend a presentation and an informational fair that outline campus sustainability measures. Eight volunteer eco-reps educate their peers about environmental stewardship. The Black Out competition is held once annually and has resulted in a 14 percent energy reduction across campus buildings. Green-minded student groups include the Society for Environmental Education and the Environmental Law Society.
The university offers free shuttles from apartment complexes to local destinations and partners with the local public transit authority to offer discounted rides. UT also encourages staff and students to park on the outskirts of campus. The campus motor fleet includes thirteen biofuel and four electric vehicles.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to the public upon request. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is made available to the general public through the investment office.
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 asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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