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Report Card 2010

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Illinois Wesleyan University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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D+
Illinois Wesleyan University

School details:

  Grade higher than last year

 

Endowment: $182 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Bloomington, Illinois

Enrollment: 2,108

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  
D +
The university's strategic plan includes a commitment to adapt human resources to sustainability and energy efficiency requirements. The GREENetwork committee recommends a range of sustainability initiatives, including green building, purchasing, and landscaping. The university is a signatory to the Talloires Declaration and the Illinois Sustainable University Compact.
The university has installed high-efficiency windows in several campus buildings and replaced emergency battery units with a generator.
Dining services purchases some organic fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. Fair trade coffee is served. Preshrunk, the campus thrift store, collects pre-owned items that would otherwise go the landfill. The university has an electronics recycling program and is exploring composting on a community-wide basis.
All new buildings will earn LEED certification, and the university's Minor Myers Welcome Center is certified LEED Silver. The university has performed lighting retrofits in several campus buildings to adopt more energy-efficient lighting instruments.
The university employs several student sustainability educators who serve as resources to the Illinois Wesleyan community. The Sierra Student Coalition chapter is working to bring trayless dining to the campus and increase the amount of local and organic food served. Residence hall sustainability groups work with sustainability educators to develop programs for the buildings.
The university is working to increase the number of bicycle racks on campus as bicycle usage expands.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
Most of the endowment is in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. For separately managed accounts, the university provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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