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Report Card 2010

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Sewanee–The University of the South
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Sewanee–The University of the South

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Endowment: $246 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Sewanee, Tennessee

Enrollment: 1,514

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 -
In addition to being a signatory to the Presidents' Climate Commitment and the Talloires Declaration, Sewanee also has a sustainability component in its master plan. The university has sustainability staff, as well as a website dedicated to informing the community about the school's environmental initiatives.
Sewanee purchases solar and wind energy through the utility service's Green Power Switch program. The university also produces a small amount of power on campus through a solar photovoltaic system. Sewanee strives to increase efficiency through a number of technologies, including campus-wide lighting retrofits and temperature setbacks.
Dining services sources items from two local farms and a local dairy. Organic beef and pork are purchased locally, and fair trade coffee is served. The Eco House composts coffee grounds as well as some preconsumer vegetable waste. Mugs are available in retail operations and can be reused for a discount.
The university has committed to build all future projects to meet LEED Silver standards, and 70 percent of construction waste is diverted from landfills. The university currently has two buildings that meet LEED certification standards.
Waste Not is a student organization that encourages recycling on campus. Environmental Residents educate students living in the residence halls about sustainability. In addition, a sustainability handbook for students is distributed on campus. Students also have the option of living in a sustainability-themed hall called the Green House.
The physical plant is in the process of converting its fleet to electric vehicles. In 2000, the university adopted a campus master plan that promotes a pedestrian-friendly environment. University guidelines limit student parking in the central campus area. Most faculty and staff live less than a mile from campus.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to the public at the investment office. 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 and community development loan funds, with further exploration of these types of investments ongoing.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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