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Report Card 2011

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Lawrence University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Courtesy of Lawrence University

School details:

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Endowment: $178 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Appleton, Wisconsin


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 +
Lawrence University's Greenroots Committee has worked on initiatives such as developing student sustainability training and assessing the viability of renewable energy generation on campus. The university is incorporating sustainability into its strategic plan and developing a green purchasing policy. Energy Star appliances and recycled bathroom paper products are purchased. A green alumni fund finances some sustainability projects.
Lawrence has achieved a 27 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2003 and is committed to a 40 percent reduction by 2015. The university has implemented energy conservation measures, including temperature setbacks, high-efficiency distributed boilers, and steam line insulation. The campus is closed during December to reduce heating energy use. Lawrence generates solar power on campus and purchases 5 percent of its energy from renewable sources.
Dining services sources food from an on-campus garden and serves exclusively cage-free eggs, grass-fed beef, hormone- and antibiotic-free milk, and sustainably harvested seafood. All dining halls are trayless and compost preconsumer food scraps. The university holds swap meets each term and provides receptacles for students to donate unwanted goods during move-out.
All new construction and renovations must meet LEED Silver standards, and the Warch Campus Center is LEED Gold certified. The university has installed low-flow faucets, showerheads, toilets, and urinals throughout campus. Stormwater is managed through detention ponds and vegetated biofiltration swales.
Students can elect to live in the Greenfire House, the Outdoor Recreation Club House, or the Co-op House. Lawrence employs one full-time sustainability intern during the summer and is starting an eco-reps program. The SLUG group runs an organic garden, and the student government's Environmental Responsibility Committee serves as a hub for all green groups on campus.
Lawrence's fleet includes four ethanol-fueled vehicles and two gasoline-electric hybrids. The university runs free shuttles on and around campus, as well as a free bike-sharing program, and a bike mechanic is available at the campus center one day per week. The campus is closed to vehicular traffic, and bike racks are located throughout.
A list of all holdings is available to trustees and senior administrators. The university does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds and commingled funds public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring endowment investment in on-campus sustainability projects and renewable energy funds. Lawrence is considering using investment managers who take into account environmental and sustainability factors.
The university is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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