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Report Card 2009

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The Sustainable Endowments Institute has relied on the talents and generosity of many people to develop the College Sustainability Report Card 2009 . This Report Card is a demonstration of their commitment to advancing sustainability in higher education.


We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Stephen Heintz, Michael Northrop, Benjamin Shute, Jessica Bailey, and Naomi Jackson at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for believing in our vision when it was just an initial concept, and helping to provide early and ongoing support. Doug Bauer and Gage Weekes at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors have played unique roles in generating insightful suggestions, as well as providing effective and efficient administrative mastery.


We have benefited enormously from the foresight offered by Martin Kaplan at the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, who saw the opportunity to scale our work to a much larger audience and provided the resources and ideas to achieve our goals.


Thanks to the encouragement of Vince Stehle, the Surnda Foundation provided the financial resources to move GreenReportCard.org from an abstract concept to the website that you now see. We are particularly grateful to Ed Skloot and Phil Buchanan for their valuable suggestions.


Under the farsighted leadership of Lance Lindblom, the Nathan Cummings Foundation has taken the initiative on advancing shareholder engagement as skillfully implemented by Laura Schaffer and funding environmental programs as perceptively fostered by Peter Teague.


Ted Smith, Rob Pratt, and Amy Panek at the Kendall Foundation made our current and future efforts significantly less daunting by identifying and helping fill our need for a larger research fellows program.


We deeply appreciate the generosity of the Vervane Foundation. Their backing and encouragement demonstrates their keen understanding of the impact we can make on sustainability at colleges and universities.


We also wish to thank all of our individual donors for their belief in our mission and our work, many of whom have contributed their encouragement, humor, and wisdom, in addition to their financial resources. Scott McDonald and Tiffany Schauer have helped empower our efforts at a critical juncture.


We are especially fortunate to have a dedicated and outstanding Board of Advisors. Neva Goodwin, Doug Bauer, Bob Monks, John Chandler, Peter Kinder, Ian Simmons, Gordon Winston, Ben Bolger, Walter Corey, and Steve Viederman have been great mentors, friends and collaborators since the Institute was founded. Aimée Christensen and Chuck Valdes have always been willing to offer advice over the years, and we are privileged to have them as the newest members of our board.


We would also like to acknowledge Jeff Cook for his sage insights and practical guidance. Jeff's fresh perspective and creative resources enhanced our reach and impact. We appreciate the hard work and commitment of Jessi England, Art Wojtowicz, Frances Schendle, Omar Muakkassa, Matt Meisel, and Ruchi Jain, our team of management consultants at the Boston-based nonprofit Inspire. They enthusiastically took on the challenge of identifying both our strengths and our areas for improvement, which resulted in an insightful report. Bruce Ou, an astute and trusted friend, demonstrated his resourcefulness by helping to connect us with Inspire.


We appreciate the hard work of the graphic designers 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 served us well over the years with the design for the first two editions of the Report Card . Those designs provided the inspiration for the GreenReportCard.org website.


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.


Eric Shelkie, Peter Pimentel, Eric Karjaluoto and the whole team at smashLAB deserve special commendation for taking on the ambitious GreenReportCard.org project with an even more ambitious time line. Their creativity, patience, and attention to detail were exceptional as we worked through countless challenges together. No wonder that Time magazine recently included them in "The Design 100," the people and ideas behind today's most influential design.


The 2009 edition of the Report Card would not have been possible without the invaluable work of each of our research fellows. Their exceptional talents and occasionally heroic deeds are at the foundation of the Report Card’s success. Senior research fellows, Elizabeth Ginsburg and Jenna Smith, are brilliant individuals whose dedication is energizing. This year’s research team, including Ali Adler, Christina Billingsley, Amber Garrard, Robert Kent, Lea Lupkin, Lisa Tuska, and Tessa Walker were a wonderful and gifted group. The communication’s team, including senior communications fellows Lisa Chase and Tom Robinson, as well as fellows Ali Adler, Nick Devonshire, Bethany Rogerson, Lisa Tuska, and Tessa Walker have proven to be motivated and detail-oriented.


We have also benefited from the work of other individuals to whom we would like to offer our appreciation. Thanks to Jen Baldwin for coming on board early and helping to pull together our research team. We have welcomed Amy Vavak’s assistance with important projects at key points, and we have valued Nicco Mele for offering terrific recommendations and guidance from the very beginning of the GreenReportCard.org website creation process. Andy Eggers has provided insightful advice and helped to make important connections to colleagues. Noam Yuchtman's masterful analysis reflected his vital expertise and personal commitment to higher education. Maribeth Kaptchuk's talented support helped infuse this project with positive energy and balance.


Beyond words, images help tell the story and we wish to express our gratitude to all the schools that provided photographs for their profiles and for other parts of the website. In addition, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, kindly offered the botanical watercolor images.


The Institute regrets any possible omissions or misinterpretations of the data that was collected independently or that schools provided. We invite any additions or corrections to the school profiles and intend to update the Report Card with necessary changes and adjustments.


College and university leaders who commit their limited resources to making sustainability an integral part of their school make our work significant. This group of leaders is growing each day. We offer our sincere thanks for your dedication, especially to those of you who took the time to respond to the Institute’s emailed questionnaires and phone inquiries. We hope that this Report Card gives you additional tools and inspiration to advance change and sustainability for your campus.

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