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Report Card 2011

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Drew University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Drew University

School details:

Endowment: $195 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Madison, New Jersey


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: No


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 Campus Sustainability Committee completed a climate action plan and a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, implemented efficiency upgrades in campus buildings, and hosted an Earth Week event, among other initiatives. The sustainability coordinator spearheads green efforts on campus. All office paper is 100 percent postconsumer recycled, and all computers purchased are EPEAT certified.
To improve energy efficiency, the university has installed technologies including electric and steam metering and energy-efficient lighting, and has retrocommissioned HVAC systems in 11 percent of buildings. Power management is enabled on university computers. Energy for McLendon Hall is sustainably generated using geothermal wells on campus, and the electricity usage for this dorm is displayed online.
Dining services spends 15 percent of its food budget on local items, including produce, dairy, and cage-free eggs. Many seafood products are sustainably harvested, and fair trade coffee is available across campus. Nearly all meals are trayless. Dining halls compost 85 percent of pre- and postconsumer food scraps, and there are pilot composting programs in residence halls. The school runs an end-of-semester furniture and clothing donation drive.
The university has recently written a green building policy, the Environmentally Responsible Building Guidelines. McLendon Hall is LEED Silver certified. To reduce water consumption, Drew has installed low-flow faucets and showerheads, and the campus features porous pavement to manage stormwater.
A sustainability-themed residence hall houses ten students each year, and nine eco-reps work to raise environmental awareness among their peers. Eco-minded student groups also work to raise awareness and provide volunteer opportunities. Students also serve on a socially responsible investment committee.
The local transportation management authority offers carpooling incentives for the campus community, and students receive a 25 percent discount for use of local buses, trains, and light rail. Drew partners with a car-sharing program. There is an on-campus bike rental program with 20 bikes available to students, with maintenance services included in membership. The university's vehicle fleet includes seven electric carts and an electric van.
The university makes a list of asset allocation, external managers, mutual funds, fixed income holdings, private equity holdings, and real estate holdings available to the school community at the investment office. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is also available to the school community at the investment office.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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