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Report Card 2011

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University of Tulsa
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Tulsa

School details:

Endowment: $647 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: No

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 Tulsa's sustainability committee includes faculty, staff, and students, and coordinates initiatives across campus. The university encourages procurement of environmentally friendly products, including cleaning supplies, napkins, and paper.
TU is in the process of conducting a campus energy audit. To reduce energy use, the university utilizes efficient fume hoods, heat recovery systems and temperature setbacks. The campus has installed LED, induction, and other high-efficiency lighting across campus, and has retrofitted stadium lighting with timers and meters. A lights-off campaign was implemented during non-use periods to encourage campus community members to conserve energy.
Dining services spends 5 percent of its food budget on local items, and all chicken and milk purchased for the campus is hormone and antibiotic free. Most seafood is purchased according to sustainability guidelines, and almost all coffee is fair trade. Five out of seven dining facilities are trayless, and a discount is provided for the use of reusable to-go containers. The university operates a comprehensive electronics recycling program and an online used item exchange.
TU incorporates LEED standards in building design. Water-saving technologies have been installed, including low-flow faucets and showerheads and high-efficiency laundry machines. The university has planted specific vegetation, focusing on native species, to reduce water use and prevent stormwater runoff.
First-year students view a presentation on greening the university, and six student interns are employed to work on sustainability efforts each semester. There are numerous sustainability-related student groups on campus that focus on maintaining a campus garden, community outreach, and research. The university conducts an annual electronic waste collection competition.
A bike-sharing program makes 350 bikes available to the campus community, and each rental includes a helmet, bike lock, and repair services. The university provides a free natural gas-fueled shuttle service, and the campus fleet includes eight electric vehicles. TU has restricted parking, expanded walkways, and improved signage in order to make the campus more pedestrian friendly. University programs promote walking and car-sharing, and campus security utilizes bicycle patrols.
The university makes information on all endowment holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. Only asset allocation information is available to the entire school community upon request. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and is currently exploring investment in renewable energy funds or similar investment vehicles.
The university provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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