With the 2007 national football and basketball championships under their belt, the Gators went on to become winners in environmental policy. A water facility processes 3 million gallons of reclaimed water per day and serves more than 90 percent of the campus. While most university fleet vehicles run on E85 ethanol (85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline), some chug along on used oil from campus cafeterias.
Waste:Campus recovers 40 percent of its waste; aims to divert, reclaim, or reuse 100 percent by 2015.
Student activism: The last three student body presidents won with sustainability platforms. At least 15 student groups work on environmental issues.
Green buildings: Two gold-LEED-certified structures, 32 silver-LEED-certified renovation projects.
Energy: Relies on a local utility that uses a mix of sources, including 40 percent coal.
Investments: No transparency or sustainable-investing policies.
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