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Report Card 2011

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Ohio Wesleyan University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Ohio Wesleyan University

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Endowment: $167 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Delaware, Ohio


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 -
Ohio Wesleyan University has developed a sustainability plan, and the Presidents Task Force on Campus Sustainability is currently working on creating a master plan that incorporates sustainability. The university is completing its first energy audit in fall 2010 and is in the process of hiring its first full-time sustainability coordinator.
The university is in the final stages of its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory. To manage energy use, Ohio Wesleyan has installed energy management systems in 35 percent of buildings and uses temperature setbacks and economizers. Chilled water and electricity are metered in each building, and the university has installed energy-efficient lighting.
The university spends more than 15 percent of its food budget on local products. An on-campus garden also provides dining services with fresh herbs and produce. All eggs served on campus are cage free; all milk and pork is hormone and antibiotic free; and sustainable fisheries guidelines inform the university’s seafood purchases. Traditional materials are recycled, and all landscaping waste is composted or mulched.
All new buildings and major renovation projects must apply for LEED certification, and the new Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification. Since 2000, the university has undertaken eight adaptive reuse projects for existing buildings. To conserve water on campus, each building is individually metered for water use, and the university has installed low-flow faucets and showerheads.
The residents of the Tree House, a sustainability-themed residence, organize two annual programs to increase environmental awareness. During the 2009-2010 school year, students proposed the establishment of a green revolving loan fund. Ohio Wesleyan students participate in two competitions each year to reduce energy and water use, and the campus is home to numerous sustainability-related groups.
In 2009, the university began a bike-sharing program that includes 15 bikes. Ohio Wesleyan’s master plan recommends the removal of vehicles and roadways from the core of the academic campus. Two electric vehicles and a diesel-electric hybrid are part of the university fleet.
The university makes a list of all holdings available at the investment office to all members of the campus community. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is available at the investment office to trustees and senior administrations. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions by category is available to the general public at the investment office.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring endowment investment in on-campus sustainability projects. The university also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
A member of the university administration determines general proxy voting guidelines that are provided to investment managers.
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