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Report Card 2011

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Wayne State University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Courtesy of Wayne State University

School details:

  Grade lower than last year


Endowment: $205 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Detroit, Michigan


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: No

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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Wayne State University has adopted a campus-wide strategic energy plan as well as a master plan for environmental stewardship and sustainability. The President's Standing Committee on Environmental Initiatives and the Office of Sustainability oversee initiatives on campus. The university encourages the purchase of Energy Star-qualified appliances, where applicable, and utilizes some alumni gifts to support sustainability efforts.
The university is in the process of conducting a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. The campus has implemented energy-saving improvements, including retrocommissioning HVAC systems and installing lighting sensors and energy management systems. WSU uses on-site wind, solar, and biomass to generate electricity, and the engineering building utilizes solar hot water.
Dining services spends 14 percent of its food budget on local items and sources from campus gardens through the SEED Wayne farm-to-school program. The university purchases some grass-fed beef, hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken, and sustainably harvested salmon and serves only fair trade coffee on campus. Half of preconsumer food waste is composted in addition to some organic waste from residence halls. WSU recycles electronics as well as traditional materials.
WSU requires all new construction to meet LEED certification standards. The campus has two LEED Silver-certified buildings and four others that meet LEED criteria. To conserve water, the university has installed low-flow faucets, waterless urinals, and a rain barrel collection system for irrigation. A building maintenance policy encourages the purchase of green cleaning products.
WSU offers more than 100 paid and unpaid sustainability internships to students and coordinates an eco-reps program. The Student Environmental Action Leaders and other groups raise awareness and advocate for sustainable practices on campus. Students have developed sustainable gardens on campus through grants from SEED Wayne.
The university sponsors ride-matching services for all community members and allows staff to purchase public transit passes with pretax dollars. A shuttle runs between the main and medical campuses. WSU partners with local organizations to provide bicycle repair services and is currently developing a two-mile pedestrian trail.
The Wayne State University Foundation has no known policy of disclosure of its shareholder voting record. However, information on the endowment's long-term investment program is available online to the campus community and the public.
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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