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Report Card 2011

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Youngstown State University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Endowment: $151 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Youngstown, Ohio


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

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  
C -
Youngstown State University has incorporated sustainability into its master and strategic plans, and the YSU Sustainability Committee coordinates efforts on campus. The university purchases only Energy Star-qualified computers and has instituted the Sustainability Advocates program to further resource conservation in each department and office on campus.
YSU is evaluating potential auditors to conduct a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and has committed to investing $10 million in energy efficiency upgrades. The university has installed high-efficiency lighting and chillers and has upgraded steam traps and insulation. The campus plans to install 10,000 square feet of solar panels.
Dining services spends 10 percent of its food budget on local or organic items and serves almost exclusively cage-free eggs, as well as fair trade coffee and chocolate. To reduce waste, reusable mugs and to-go containers are encouraged, and half of all meals are trayless. The YSU recycling program composts all postconsumer, and most preconsumer, food waste. The university diverts over 30 percent of its waste from landfills and recycles electronics in addition to traditional materials.
The Williamson College of Business Administration will open this fall as YSU's first LEED Silver building. To conserve water, the university has installed dual-flush toilets in some buildings, and a rain garden helps retain stormwater near a campus parking lot.
Several student groups raise awareness about sustainability and reducing water use, and the student government has lobbied for YSU to sign the Presidents' Climate Commitment. New student orientation includes active presentations on sustainability, and the university employs two eco-reps who promote sustainable practices in residence halls. An on-campus, student-run garden will supply the cafeteria with produce in early 2011.
The YSU Alternative Transportation Advisory Committee conducts research and outreach to encourage sustainable commuting, and a shuttle provides free transportation around campus. The university has added bike racks near building entrances, and the center of campus is closed to most vehicle traffic.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees and senior administrators at foundation trustees meetings. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
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.
A member of the university administration determines proxy votes.
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