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Report Card 2011

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Ramapo College of New Jersey
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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B-
Courtesy of Ramapo College of New Jersey

School details:

  Grade lower than last year

 

Endowment: $9 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Mahwah, New Jersey

 

Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: No

 

An application was submitted by Laura Plessner to have this school evaluated in the College Sustainability Report Card 2011 .  A grant was awarded and a contribution was made to cover the cost of inclusion.  Learn more about how a school can apply for inclusion.   

 

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 -
Sustainability is one of six guiding principles of Ramapo College's strategic plan. The college's Climate Commitment Task Force began a new recycling program in fall 2009, recently developed a new masters program in sustainability studies, and opened two campus gardens in fall 2010. The college also employs a part-time director for the new Sustainability Education Center. All office paper purchased for the campus is FSC-certified.
Ramapo is committed to carbon neutrality and generates renewable energy through a shallow-depth geothermal system and a 14.6-kilowatt photovoltaic array. Energy-efficient lighting has been installed in all campus buildings, and an energy management system is used in 30 percent of buildings to monitor energy use.
Dining services purchases food items from 11 local distributors and buys directly from 4 local processors. All milk purchased for the campus is hormone and antibiotic free, and the college purchases exclusively cage-free eggs. Vegan meals are served on a daily basis. Beverage discounts are offered to those who bring a reusable mug. As of 2009, all residence dining facilities at Ramapo are trayless. In addition to traditional materials, the college collects electronic waste for recycling.
The college's green building policy requires that all new construction and renovations be built to at least LEED Silver standards. The policy also incorporates the principles of xeriscaping and the planting of native species. Low- flow faucets and showerheads have been installed in all campus buildings.
The college runs two sustainable living communities, housing 28 students who participate in programming including a required seminar and community service projects. Student members of 1STEP, a sustainability-focused student group, serve as liaisons to Ramapo’s climate task force. The college also offers seven paid sustainability internships to students.
Ramapo offers discounted metro tickets to students and faculty, and free transportation is provided on campus at night. The college facilitates a ride-share board for carpoolers, and the center of campus is closed to vehicular traffic.
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No evaluation was made of Endowment Transparency because the school's endowment size does not meet the minimum threshold of $16 million in assets.
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No evaluation was made of Investment Priorities because the school's endowment size does not meet the minimum threshold of $16 million in assets.
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No evaluation was made of Shareholder Engagement because the school's endowment size does not meet the minimum threshold of $16 million in assets.
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