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Report Card 2011

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DePauw University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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DePauw University

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Endowment: $466 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Greencastle, Indiana


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 -
The Sustainability Committee has worked on a climate action plan, composting, banning bottled water, and advocating for alternative energy use and local food on campus. Energy Star appliances are purchased whenever available; all cleaning products are environmentally friendly; and all office paper, paper towels, and toilet paper is 100 percent recycled.
Temperature setbacks, lighting upgrades, and steam trap systems have been implemented. Additionally, steam lines have been insulated in 95 percent of buildings; energy management systems exist in 75 percent of buildings; and timers for temperature control, variable speed drives, and economizers have been installed.
Dining services spends 36 percent of its food budget on local items. Almost all eggs and some meat products are confinement free; some beef, pork, and chicken are vegetarian fed, as well as hormone and antibiotic free; all milk is hormone free; and most seafood is sustainably harvested. Nearly all food scraps are composted. Move-in waste is recycled, and unwanted items during move-out are donated to community organizations.
All new buildings and renovations meet LEED Silver standards, and there are two LEED Gold buildings on campus. Water metering has been installed in all buildings, and some buildings feature low-flow fixtures and waterless urinals. The university uses weather-informed irrigation.
Student groups have worked on a bottled water ban and a community garden, improved the shuttle service, advocated for environmental legislation, contributed to the climate action plan, and run a semiannual energy and water reduction competition. Environmental stewardship is incorporated into new student orientation through presentations and a zero-waste meal, and three student interns work on sustainability initiatives.
The campus bike-sharing program provides 50 bikes to the campus community at no cost. A low-cost shuttle, which is free during the beginning of the year, takes students to local stores. Forty percent of employees commute via environmentally friendly means.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. Only information about asset allocation is available to the entire school community at the investment office. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds. DePauw is also exploring investment in community development loan funds. The university uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors, and donors may request that gifts be directed into sustainable and socially responsible investment options.
The university is unable to vote proxies for the portion of the endowment that is invested in mutual funds. For direct investments, the university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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