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Report Card 2011

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Wake Forest University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Wake Forest University

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Endowment: $935 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Winston Salem, North Carolina


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 -
The Office of Sustainability employs a full-time director, and eight other staff devote a portion of their time to sustainability projects. Sustainability is also a theme of the campus master plan. All students, faculty, and staff use EPEAT-certified laptops, which are donated to the local community after refurbishment.
The university is conducting its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory and has implemented energy efficiency improvements, including the installation of energy management systems, high-efficiency lighting, and steam line insulation. A solar hot water system was also recently installed.
Dining services spends 14 percent of its food budget on local products. To reduce waste, the university has switched to using centralized condiment dispensers, and all dining facilities are trayless. The campus diverts 40 percent of its waste from landfills, collects reusable items with the Deacons Donate program, and recycles electronics in addition to traditional materials.
All new construction projects at Wake Forest are designed to meet or exceed LEED Silver standards. The university has achieved a 19 percent per capita reduction of water use from 2005 levels. In addition to low-flow showerheads and dual-flush toilets, high-efficiency laundry machines and building water meters have been installed across campus.
The Student Environmental Action Coalition worked with the university administration to run the Earth Hour energy reduction initiative. The Campus-Raised Organic Produce student volunteer garden partners with the Campus Kitchen group to provide produce and excess cafeteria food to area food banks. New student orientation features a zero-waste meal and sustainability speaker, and the sustainability office employs 13 student interns.
The campus fleet includes thirty electric vehicles; a solar-electric hybrid shuttle provides free on-campus transit; and three shuttles provide transportation to nearby off-campus destinations. The Student Environmental Action Coalition offers bicycle repair services on campus, and the university partners with a car-sharing program.
A list of all holdings is made available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community at the investment office. Only asset allocation information is available to the entire school community and the public. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring investment in on-campus energy efficiency projects. The endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds. The university also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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