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Report Card 2011

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Virginia Military Institute
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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D+
Courtesy of Virginia Military Institute

School details:

  Grade higher than last year

 

Endowment: $266 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Lexington, Virginia

 

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  
D +
Virginia Military Institute has integrated sustainability into its post-wide master plan and is in the process of implementing its energy conservation policy. The Energy Conservation and Sustainability Committee has worked to reduce campus energy use and increase recycling rates, and the institute's energy manager is responsible for integrating sustainability into all construction, operations, and planning decisions.
VMI is in the process of conducting its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory. To reduce energy use, the institute has installed energy-saving technologies, including high-efficiency lighting, steam line insulation, and timers for temperature control. Old appliances on campus are traded in for more energy-efficient models.
The institute purchases local fruits and vegetables as well as fair trade coffee. Dining services offers some compostable to-go containers. Fryer oil and electronic waste are recycled in addition to traditional materials. To reduce waste, unwanted items are donated to Habitat for Humanity during student move-out.
VMI's General Order 41 places a high priority on energy efficiency in all new construction. To reduce water use, the institute has installed low-flow faucets and showerheads in most buildings, and retention ponds are used to manage stormwater. The institute diverts 30 percent of construction waste from landfills.
Cadets in the Recycling Club helped organize RecycleMania during which 26 percent of campus waste was diverted from landfills. The energy manager employs two interns to assist with sustainability projects.
VMI offers a shuttle to local destinations on weekends. There are four electric vehicles in the campus motor fleet, and the master plan includes plans to increase the prevalence of pedestrian areas on campus.
The VMI Foundation makes a list of external managers and mutual funds, as well as equity, fixed income, real estate, hedge fund, and cash holdings, available to trustees. The foundation does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The foundation 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 foundation asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting; however, it reserves the right to vote.
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