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Report Card 2011

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Rowan University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Rowan University

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Endowment: $118 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Glassboro, New Jersey


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

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  
D +
Rowan University has a sustainability plan and has included sustainability components in its campus master plan and strategic plan. The President's Council for Sustainability helps to oversee sustainability initiatives on campus. Since 2007, all products purchased by the university have been Energy Star certified. The Rowan University Green Fund uses money from the capital budget to fund on-campus sustainability projects.
Rowan has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and purchases renewable energy credits for 25 percent of the campus's electrical energy needs. The university is in the process of finalizing a greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan. To conserve energy, Rowan has installed lighting sensors and timers for temperature control.
Rowan has employed single-stream recycling since 2008, and all dining facilities are trayless. All landscaping waste is composted or mulched. Through the annual Move-In Cardboard Capture, boxes used during move-in are recycled. At the end of the year, hundreds of pounds of used clothing and textbooks are saved and donated to charities.
All new construction at Rowan will aim for LEED certification, and building renovations use LEED design standards whenever possible. The university currently has one LEED Silver-certified building. To reduce water use, the university meters all buildings and has installed low-flow faucets and showerheads.
The Rowan Student Recycling Team is composed of three students who coordinate recycling efforts on campus. The student-led Glassboro Environmental Organization works to raise awareness of environmental issues. During the bi-annual Clean and Green event, students volunteer to assist the residential life office with landscaping projects.
The university offers a free shuttle between its Glassboro and Camden campuses. The university's master plan requires the creation of additional bicycle paths as part of all campus improvement projects. Vehicles used in grounds maintenance are increasingly being replaced with more efficient models.
The Rowan University Foundation has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns and has not made any public statements about exploring or investing in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The foundation has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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