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Report Card 2010

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Washington University in St. Louis
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Washington University in St. Louis

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  Campus Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $5,430 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Enrollment: 11,164

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.

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Washington University's Sustainability Leadership Committee has drafted its first comprehensive sustainability strategic plan to be adopted by 2010. The plan is supported by advisory councils with faculty, staff, and student members. The campus only purchases appliances that are Energy Star-qualified.
WU is finalizing its greenhouse gas emissions inventory and has begun defining its emissions reduction goals and strategies. The university has undertaken numerous measures since 1992 to increase energy efficiency, the results of which have resulted in an approximate 35 percent reduction in energy use per square foot.
Dining Services provides 20 percent of food from purveyors within 150 miles, participates in a Farm to Fork program and holds an annual Eat Local Challenge featuring meals made completely from local ingredients. Herbs are sourced from on-campus student and staff run gardens. The university serves some organic produce and only fair trade coffee and bananas. All beef, pork, and poultry products are antibiotic-free.
WU has committed to meet LEED Silver standards, at a minimum, for all new construction and major renovations. The university has four LEED-certified buildings, with nine more in design and construction phases. New building projects divert 70 percent of construction waste.
Students have the option of a sustainability-themed housing cooperative and receive a sustainability living manual during orientation. The university has ten student groups, which address campus sustainability education and awareness, as well as a centralized green council. The Green Events Commission assists student groups in making group events more sustainable.
The university provides members of the campus community with a U-Pass for the public bus and rail system. More than 17,000 of the 25,000 eligible participants have enrolled in the U-Pass program. WU has car-sharing and carpooling programs, as well as a campus master bicycle plan. The university also offers financial incentives for faculty, staff, and graduate students to purchase a home in one of several neighborhoods near campus.
Washington University makes neither a list of endowment holdings nor 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.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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