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Grading Green: College Sustainability Report Card

Magazine article University Business

Grading Green: College Sustainability Report Card

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PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT through sustainability initiatives is an ongoing effort on most college and university campuses. Although a driving reason is because it's the right thing to do, no one will argue that it is popular with students, and can even save money in the long run. Since 2006, the College Sustainability Report Card (www.greenreportcard.org) has been recognizing these efforts and providing a collection of best practices.

"We hope that institutions are able to use the [latest] Report Card to help determine where to allocate their resources and efforts to improve the sustainability of their operations and endowments," says Rob Foley, senior research fellow with Sustainable Endowments Institute, which administers the report card.

The Report Card is based on responses from 322 schools that responded to questions about campus operations, dining services, endowment investment practices, and student activities. An increased focus on green efforts in recent years resulted in over half the respondents receiving an overall grade of "B."

Of course overarching programs on campus are more successful with administrative support, so it's no surprise that 49 percent of respondents received an "A" in the administrative category, which focuses on demonstrations of commitment through policies and committees devoted to sustainability, among other standards. …

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