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Report Card 2011

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The New School
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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The New School

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Endowment: $200 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: New York, New York


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.

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The New School has a sustainability policy that reflects a commitment to economic, social, and environmental awareness. The Sustainability Advisory Committee manages sustainability efforts in all aspects of campus life, and the sustainability office was created in 2010. The university's green purchasing policy encourages procurement of efficient appliances and electronics, green cleaning products, and environmentally preferable paper products.
The school has achieved a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2007 and has committed to a 30 percent reduction by 2017. Building energy consumption has been reduced through the use of efficient technologies, such as LED lighting and economizers, and the implementation of temperature setbacks. About 15 percent of energy purchased for the campus is from renewable sources.
Dining services spends 25 percent of the overall food budget on local products, and purchases a variety of organic and sustainably produced items. Exclusively fair trade coffee is served on campus. Dining halls are trayless; pre- and postconsumer food scraps are composted; and food waste audits are conducted. The school offers discounts for use of reusable containers and runs an extensive recycling and waste reduction program.
All new construction projects are built to LEED Silver standards, and the new University Center is on target to earn LEED Gold certification. Adaptive reuse is a major part of the school's renovation and space utilization strategy. A reduction in water consumption has been achieved through the use of technologies such as water metering and low-flow faucets.
Students may live on a sustainability-themed floor, and campus sustainability is highlighted during orientation through presentations and hands-on activities. Thirteen interns work to implement sustainability programs, and students submit proposals for projects to be funded by the Green Fund. Student groups, such as ReNew School, which works to explore, document, and mitigate the university's impact on the local and global environments, are active on campus.
Members of the school community receive a 25 percent discount on monthly transit passes, and students and staff have easy access to the public transit system. Most buildings on campus are clustered together within walking distance. The university partners with a car-sharing program and is working on a bicycling master plan, which will include the creation of a bike-sharing program and additional bike parking locations.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in renewable energy funds, community development loan funds, or on-campus sustainability projects.
The multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility makes recommendations to the board of trustees.
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