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Report Card 2010

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DePauw University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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DePauw University

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Endowment: $419 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Greencastle, Indiana

Enrollment: 2,298

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  
C +
DePauw's sustainability initiative roadmap outlines goals and tangible actions for reducing the university's ecological footprint. Eleven working groups have been created to help realize these goals. The associate dean for academic affairs works half time as the university sustainability coordinator. The university has also committed to purchasing Energy Star products, recycled paper, and green cleaning supplies. The university recently became a signatory to the Presidents Climate Commitment.
The university is in the process of completing its first greenhouse gas inventory. Signage in all buildings promotes energy conservation.
DePauw spends 20 percent of its budget on local and sustainably produced food items. Purchases include cage-free eggs, local, grass-fed beef, and hormone- and antibiotic-free pork. Composting programs are run in all campus dining facilities. Customers are given a discount for bringing reusable mugs and bags and one dining hall has gone trayless.
DePauw is home to the only LEED Gold building in Indiana. All new construction and building renovations follow LEED standards.
There are four sustainability internships available for students, and a new Eco-Rep program has been initiated. The DePauw Environmental Club works to promote environmental awareness and campus sustainability, and the DePauw Environmental Policy Project advocates for strong environmental policy within the Indiana legislature.
DePauw's bike-sharing program makes 100 bikes available to the community. Few vehicles drive on the small campus.
The university makes all information about endowment holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and select members of the school community. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds. Approximately 7.4 percent of the university's equities are invested in a socially responsible investment fund.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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