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USF: D-rated for conservation efforts



Recycle UF comes out on top, but USF lags behind, in the second annual report card on sustainability and other "green" conservation efforts at public and private universities across the United States.

The College Sustainability report from the Sustainable Endowments Institute gives UF a B minus overall, lauding President Bernie Machen's leadership in minimizing UF's impact on the environment. UF is drafting plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, and has several "green buildings" with plans for dozens more. Staff and students ride the bus, walk and carpool rather than drive alone, and UF offers low-emissions vehicles for hourly rental.

UF's B came mostly because its endowment and investments don't reflect its conservation priorities, according to the report.

USF got a D, with Fs in the green building, transportation, conservation and leadership categories. Food and recycling got a D because the dining services "does not offer any notable amount of local or organic food."

To read the report, click here.

There are plans to build a $9-million "green" science building on the USF St. Pete campus. It's a start.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:24am]


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