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Report Card 2010

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Drake University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Courtesy of Drake University

School details:

Endowment: $308 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Enrollment: 15,551


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


  An application was submitted by Cara Pratt  to have this school evaluated in the College Sustainability Report Card 2010.  A contribution was made to cover the cost of inclusion.   Learn more  about how a school can apply for inclusion.  


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

Overall grade  
Drake's statement of sustainability expresses the university's commitment to environmental stewardship in energy conservation, waste reduction, building design, landscaping, and community relations. The Sustainability Oversight Committee works to advance sustainability on campus. The university purchases some green cleaning products.
In addition to completing a greenhouse gas inventory, the university has conducted an energy study. A major HVAC infrastructure project was completed in 2003, which included boiler and chiller replacements, new underground piping, and the installation of an HVAC control system. As a result, the university has reduced gas consumption by 27 percent and electric consumption by 15 percent. Drake has converted to compact fluorescent lighting throughout most of the campus.
Dining services spends more than $14,000 each year on locally grown and produced food items, including produce, dairy, and eggs. All milk served on campus is hormone- and antibiotic-free and comes from grass-fed cows. Vegan entrees are available daily, and some coffee served on campus is fair trade. Dining halls are trayless once per week, and excess food is donated to a local shelter. A recycling program is available for traditional and electronic waste.
All recent renovations at Drake have applied LEED principles as much as possible. The university is committed to achieving at least LEED Silver certification for all new building projects. A recent pedestrian plaza was created in the middle of campus using a variety of green principles, including funnels for water runoff, permeable pavement, and benches made from recycled materials. Motion sensors for lighting have been installed across campus, and all vending machines include misers to reduce energy use. Laundry units in residence halls have recently been replaced with high-efficiency models.
The Drake Environmental Action League (DEAL), a student organization, worked to start the Trayless Thursdays program in the dining halls, limit the use of Styrofoam cups, and increase the amount of local and organic foods served on campus. The group also organized Earth Week, a week of events to educate the campus community about sustainability. DEAL was instrumental in the formation of the Iowa Environmental Student Coalition.
Employees and students at Drake receive free bus passes for Des Moines public transit buses. Security officers use bicycles and golf carts as alternatives to cars when weather permits.
The university has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record.
The university aims to optimize investment return and has not made any public statements about investigating or investing in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The university has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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