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Report Card 2011

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Yeshiva University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Yeshiva University

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Endowment: $1,172 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: New York, New York


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.

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The Sustainability and Energy Task Force recently developed an environmental purchasing policy and climate action plan, and two full-time staff members work in the Office of Energy and Sustainability. Yeshiva University purchases only EPEAT-certified computers and environmentally preferable paper products.
The university has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent from 2008 levels by 2020. To reduce energy use, the university has installed technologies such as steam trap systems and gas-fired hydronic heating systems. Additionally, undergraduate dorms compete to reduce energy use, and the sustainability office facilitates energy audits.
Dining services spends one-third of its food budget on organic and local products, including milk, eggs, and baked goods. Almost all eggs purchased are cage free, and all milk is hormone and antibiotic free. Excess food from the cafeteria is donated to a local food bank. The university recycles electronic waste in addition to traditional materials.
The university has made a commitment to design all new buildings to LEED Silver standards. Low-flow faucets and showerheads have been installed on campus, and YU has achieved a 2 percent reduction in water use since 2008. The university has repurposed several campus buildings for alternative use to avoid new construction.
The Environmental/Energy Club worked with dining services to eliminate Styrofoam from the cafeteria. Sustainability-related student groups and the sustainability office are promoted during first-year orientation, and Environmental Club members helped draft the climate action plan. During the YU Unplugged residence competition, students reduced dorm electricity use by 15 percent.
Nearly 90 percent of students commute to campus via environmentally preferable means. The GreenRides program facilitates carpooling at the Einstein campus, and no new parking spaces have been added for six years at the other three campuses. The university also provides a free shuttle service that links the campus with local light rail stations and bus terminals. A partnership with a local car-sharing program makes 25 vehicles available for rental.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and select members of the school community. The university does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in funds whose investments include renewable energy projects. The university also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors. Donors can request that gifts be directed to on-campus energy and sustainability projects. YU appointed their first chief investment officer, and the new investment office has been working closely with the sustainability office.
The university is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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