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Report Card 2010

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Rowan University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Rowan University

School details:

Endowment: $154 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Glassboro, New Jersey

Enrollment: 11,694

Type: Public


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

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 -
Rowan's master plan sets goals for pollution prevention, watershed protection, natural resource protection, and energy conservation. The President's Council for Sustainability helps to oversee sustainability initiatives on campus. President Farish was the first college or university president in New Jersey to sign the Presidents' Climate Commitment. Rowan only purchases Energy Star appliances.
Rowan has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. Photovoltaic panels have been installed on two campus buildings. The university purchases renewable energy credits equivalent to 35 percent of its electricity consumption. Rowan also uses a cogeneration plant and has distributed compact fluorescent lightbulbs to students.
Rowan has employed single-stream recycling since 2008 and all dining facilities are trayless. All landscaping waste is composted or mulched. Through the annual Move-In Cardboard Capture, boxes used during move-in are recycled. At the end of the year, hundreds of pounds of used clothing and textbooks are saved and donated to charities.
All new construction at Rowan will aim for LEED certification. Building renovations use LEED design standards whenever possible. The Rowan Boulevard project is a pilot program for the new LEED Neighborhood Development rating system. The university's new technology park is awaiting LEED certification.
The Rowan Student Recycling Team is composed of three students who coordinate recycling efforts on campus. The student-led Glassboro Environmental Organization works to raise awareness of environmental issues on campus. During the bi-annual Clean and Green event, students volunteer to assist the residential life office with landscaping projects.
The university offers a free shuttle between its Glassboro and Camden campuses. The university's master plan requires the creation of additional bicycle paths as part of all campus improvement projects. Rowan's public safety department has used Segway personal transporters in a pilot program to reduce transportation emissions on campus. Vehicles used in grounds maintenance are increasingly being replaced with more efficient models.
The Rowan University Foundation has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record.
The foundation 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 foundation has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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