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Report Card 2010

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Case Western Reserve University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Case Western Reserve University

School details:

Endowment: $1,400 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Enrollment: 10,000

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


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

Overall grade  
B -
Case Western's strategic plan incorporates sustainability objectives. The Energy Advisory Committee has created a green printing pledge, hosted an annual campus sustainability event, and addressed more responsible commuting options. The purchasing policy mandates the purchase of all Energy Star products. All residence halls employ low-VOC paints, recycled-content carpeting, and green cleaning products.
Over the past two years, the campus has reduced its carbon emissions by 11 million tons. Energy efficiency projects include LED lights and adjusting energy controls during school vacations. Signage in classrooms describes each room's energy consumption and carbon emissions. Case Western has purchased nearly 180,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy credits in the past year.
The dining halls look to local sources first when buying food, spending 35 percent of the food budget on local items. Dining services offers fair trade coffee, sustainably harvested seafood, and hormone-free milk. Case Western purchases exclusively confinement- and hormone-free poultry. Kitchen scraps are composted at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. During the university's Low Carbon Diet program, dining halls cut food waste by 18 percent.
The Case Western campus features five LEED-certified buildings, including one at the Gold level. Lighting fixtures have been retrofitted with fluorescent bulbs and motion sensors. Most showers are low-flow, as are many toilets. The Mandel Center for Non-Profit Leadership has a green roof.
Student volunteers in the Green Team program serve as sustainability resources within residence halls. The CO2 Monthly Challenge encourages students to reduce their individual carbon footprints. The Student Sustainability Committee convinced the university to use porous pavement in construction and raised funds to offset the carbon emissions of commencement ceremonies. New-student orientation features sustainability programming.
Undergraduate students receive fully subsidized passes for the regional bus and train system. A free shuttle circulates around campus and to attractions in neighboring suburbs. There is a car-sharing program on campus. Parking lots are situated on the campus perimeter, and broad walkways encourage pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
The university makes a list of all holdings available only to trustees and senior administrators. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level is available only to trustees and senior administrators.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds and community development loan funds.
Most of the endowment is in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. For the remaining portion of the endowment, Case Western provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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