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Report Card 2011

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Wilfrid Laurier University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Wilfrid Laurier University

School details:

Endowment: $41 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


An application was submitted by Sarah English to have this school evaluated in the College Sustainability Report Card 2011 . A contribution was made to cover the cost of inclusion.  Learn more about how a school can apply for inclusion.  


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 -
Wilfrid Laurier University has a comprehensive sustainability policy and has incorporated sustainability into its master and strategic plans. The Sustainable Campuses Committee, as well as the sustainability office, track and implement environmental initiatives at the university. The sustainability office is funded by a student green fee.
The university is in the process of conducting its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory. Laurier has achieved a 14 percent reduction in building energy consumption since 2005. Energy-saving improvements installed on campus include heat recovery systems, temperature setbacks, and high-efficiency lighting.
Dining services spends over 30 percent of its food budget on local or organic items. Only cage-free eggs, as well as hormone- and antibiotic-free beef, pork, and chicken, are served on campus. The university offers fair trade coffee as well as vegan options, and pre- and most postconsumer food waste is composted at all meals. Electronic items are recycled in addition to traditional materials.
The university has reduced its per capita water consumption by 35 percent since 2005. Water-saving improvements installed on campus include individual building water meters and low-flow faucets and showerheads. Several buildings have been adapted and renovated in order to prevent new construction.
Numerous student groups are active in promoting campus sustainability initiatives such as waste reduction and alternative transportation. The EcoHawks student group provides sustainability trainings during new student orientation, and the school serves zero-waste meals and provides each student with a reusable water bottle and bag. Students can choose to live in an environmental studies-themed residence.
Laurier parking permits can be shared by up to four vehicles, and the university hosts a carpooling website. Through a semesterly fee, students have unlimited access to local public transportation by showing their student ID. The university is exploring a partnership with a car-sharing program, and pedestrian-friendly development is a component in the campus master plan.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to the public online. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is sent upon request to the public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds. The university uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The university provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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