Sustainability at Colleges: Report Card Time


Lots of Colleges and Universities talk a good line about sustainability, but just like the kids they teach, at some point there has to be a report card. The Sustainable Endowments Institute, affiliated with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Studied 100 leading colleges by looking at campus greening practices and endowment policies. "This is the first time that colleges have been assessed on both campus and endowment sustainability policies," said Mark Orlowski, executive director of the Sustainable Endowments Institute. "When it comes to sustainability," Orlowski said, "the key questions about these institutions are: How do sustainability factors shape the way they use their resources? How can schools learn from each other and adapt sustainability policies that work?"

No bell curve here; No A's either. The top schools, (Harvard University, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, and Williams College) got A-. The schools got rated on 26 indicators in the categories listed on the graph above; Four schools earned level "A" grades, 22 earned level "B" grades, 54 earned level "C" grades, and 20 earned level "D" grades. Full report should be available now at ::Sustainable Endowment Institute