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Report Card 2007

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Lehigh University
College Sustainability Report Card 2007

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Lehigh University

School details:

Endowment: $939 million as of June 30, 2006

Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


Campus Survey: Yes

Endowment Survey: Yes


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
C -
The University has made several efforts towards sustainability including an expanded recycling program, a commitment to American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 90.1 energy efficiency standards for major building projects, and a project to develop the economic viability of biofuels.
The University has three certified energy managers on staff and utility usage is monitored and analyzed. All major buildings are equipped with direct digital controls, have the capability for night temperature setbacks, and have had lighting retrofits that are expected to save 21,000 megawatt-hours annually. Students are also given the option to participate in a wind energy purchasing program.
Local and organic produce is available in certain capacities and the University currently uses a local produce vendor that has contracts with several local farmers. A large recycling program has been expanded to incorporate cardboard at some dining areas. Arrangements are being made with a local vendor to convert used grease from kitchen facilities into a fuel product.
The University is committed to following ASHRAE 90.1 standards in energy efficiency for new construction and major renovation projects. The University is in the very early planning stages for a new science building that is intended to be registered with the U.S. Green Building Council for LEED certification.
The University makes neither its proxy voting record nor its list of endowment holdings public. This information is only available to trustees and senior administrators.
The University prioritizes investing to maximize profit and has not made any public statements about investigating or investing in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The University asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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