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Report Card 2008

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As a project of the Sustainable Endowments Institute, the College Sustainability Report Card 2008 would not have been possible without the commitment of many individuals and organizations. Some were a source of ongoing advice and support, while others were involved directly with bringing this initiative to fruition. Since our founding in 2005 as a Special Project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, we have benefited enormously from the visionary guidance of RPA Senior Vice President Doug Bauer.


As the Institute has grown, members of our outstanding board of advisors have continued to offer their expertise in many aspects of higher education, sustainable development, corporate governance, endowment policy, and fiduciary responsibility. We deeply appreciate their gracious willingness to share experience and insight that are so vital to the work of the Institute.


We especially wish to thank those who have provided generous financial support to the Report Card : The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. We also wish to acknowledge those who have provided financial and moral support to further the Institute’s work: Energy Action, Foundation for Civic Leadership, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, and Rudolf Steiner Foundation. In addition, the friendship and generous contributions of individual donors, including Scott McDonald and Tiffany Schauer as well as Robert A.G. Monks inspired and empowered our efforts. While these foundations, organizations, and individuals did not have direct involvement in the Report Card project, they have helped advance our endeavors in sustainable endowment research and outreach.


A terrific team of research fellows undertook the daunting task of researching the Report Card . We are grateful for the dedicated efforts of Elizabeth Ginsburg, Sarah Lang, and Samantha Weaver, who brought enthusiasm and talent to help forge a new understanding of sustainability in higher education. In addition, Elizabeth Ginsburg and Jordan Goldwarg each took on bold and important projects with great discernment and resourcefulness.


Senior Research Fellow Jenna Smith’s passionate pursuit of excellence and her grace under pressure helped overcome challenges and weave together an impressive collection of data.


We also wish to thank the superb teams at the gabbegroup and the Better Days Alliance. Jennifer Robinson and Scott Addison provided invaluable advice and expertise as well as numerous hours helping with outreach about the Report Card . Andrée Hight Duggan and Will Duggan brought fresh ideas to the project and did a spectacular job in producing top-notch visual images.


We appreciate the hard work of the graphic designer and editors who ensured that the graphics and text were accurate and effective. Jamie Hunt’s Of Balance design studio focuses on the interface between design and the environment. His creative eye and ability to ascend seemingly insurmountable obstacles produced a compelling new design. The clarity of the text was enhanced immeasurably by the knowledgeable, caring, and dedicated work of editor Lisa Goodman, as well as by the constructive criticism of wordsmiths at EcoMotiva.


Our project never would have gotten off the ground without the consistent and extraordinary behind-the-scenes assistance of Gage Weekes and Summer Greenstein at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors who graciously handled hundreds of administrative matters. Thank you!


We also wish to acknowledge the assistance at various important moments from Ben Bolger, Walter Corey, Annie DiMartino, Andy Eggers, Beth Fischer, Seth Fiur, Peter Hult, Jamie Hunt, Lexie Hunt, Vivian Orlowski, Billy Parish, Seth Pietras, and from Cindy Esposito at CSRwire.


We are particularly grateful to the hundreds of college and university officials who took time to respond to the Institute’s emailed questionnaires and phone inquiries. Their feedback contributed tremendously to the accuracy and completeness of this report and helped to ensure the proper representation of their school’s policies in the profiles.


The Institute regrets any possible omissions or misinterpretations of the data that were collected independently or that schools provided. We welcome additions or corrections to the school profiles and intend to update the Report Card , as posted on our website, with necessary changes and adjustments.


While the inspiration for the College Sustainability Report Card can be traced to many sources, we would like to acknowledge the dedication of those who are committed in their work and in their lives to making sustainability an integral part of higher education.


Mark Orlowski

Executive Director
Sustainable Endowments Institute

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