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Report Card 2011

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Wabash College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Wabash College

School details:

Endowment: $272 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Crawfordsville, Indiana


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Please note: This school did not respond to any of the three administrator surveys. The data used for both the profile and grading was compiled from independent research. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology section.  


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 -
The Environmental Concerns Committee advises the administration on how to improve the sustainability of its operations. The administration has engaged in dialogue with students about sustainability initiatives on campus.
The college has implemented some upgrades to reduce energy use and has hired an energy auditor to assess areas for future improvement.
Dining services participates in a Farm to Fork program and spends over 20 percent of its food budget on local items. All eggs served in the cafeteria are cage free; all seafood is sustainably harvested; and all beef is grass fed. Wabash also offers fair trade coffee. Food waste is composted in the dining hall, and electronics are recycled in addition to traditional materials.
The college has designed a new fraternity house to meet LEED Certified standards and encourages the use of LEED principles in new construction.
Students for Sustainability coordinates the majority of environmental initiatives on campus. The group founded, financed, and now operates both the recycling and Green Bikes programs. Students recently started the Wabash Community Garden, which will soon contribute herbs and vegetables to the dining facility. The group is advocating for a formal campus sustainability policy and for the college to incorporate LEED standards for building projects.
The student-run Green Bikes program makes a fleet of 15 bicycles available for use around the campus at no cost. The college has not made public any other programs or practices that encourage or facilitate the use of alternative forms of transportation.
The college has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record.
The college aims to optimize investment returns and has not made any public statements about investing the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The college has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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