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Report Card 2011

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Clark University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Clark University

School details:

Endowment: $268 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Worcester, Massachusetts


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

Overall grade  
B +
Clark University has an environmental sustainability task force and employs a full-time sustainability coordinator. A purchasing policy encourages procurement of green cleaning products and efficient electronics, and the school purchases exclusively FSC-certified paper. The Clark Energy Awareness Program hosts social events for staff to raise awareness of energy conservation.
Clark has reduced greenhouse gas emissions 23 percent since 2005 and aims to achieve a 72 percent reduction by 2030. The university uses cogeneration and has installed insulating windows, lighting upgrades, and energy management systems, among other efficient technologies. Clark runs a trade-in program for inefficient appliances.
Clark spends 27 percent of its annual food budget on local items and purchases exclusively cage-free eggs, hormone- and antibiotic-free milk and ice cream, and sustainably harvested seafood. Dining halls are trayless, and preconsumer food scraps are composted at all meals. Postconsumer scraps are also composted, and there are compost bins in the university center.
Clark’s green building policy mandates that all new buildings meet at least LEED Silver standards, and there are two LEED-certified buildings on campus. To save water, the university has installed dual-flush toilets, greywater systems, efficient washing machines, and low-flow fixtures. Ninety-five percent of construction waste is diverted from traditional disposal.
Eco-reps host events in residence halls and educate students about sustainability issues, and there is a competition to reduce energy consumption and waste. New students are connected with sustainability opportunities through peer advisors. Numerous students coordinate sustainability initiatives, including a community garden and a bike-sharing program.
Clark provides a free van service around campus and a free shuttle to off-campus entertainment destinations and the local bus and train stations. A bike-sharing program lends out ten bikes to students for free, and all buildings include bike racks and showers for bicycle commuters.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. Information about asset allocation and external managers is available to the public, and additional information about mutual funds is made available to all members of the school community. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level is made available to all members of the school community. Information is available at the investment office.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds and community development loan funds. The school is also exploring endowment investment in on-campus sustainability projects.
Students, faculty, and alumni serve on an advisory committee, which is authorized to vote proxies having to do with social responsibility and governance issues.
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