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Report Card 2009

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Clark University
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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Clark University

School details:

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  Endowment Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $290 million as of May 31, 2008

Location: Worcester, Massachusetts

Enrollment: 3,115

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes

Dining Survey: Yes

Endowment Survey: Yes


Data compiled from independent research and survey responses from schools. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology  section.

Overall grade  
B +
President Bassett signed the Presidents Climate Commitment and the university is a signatory of the Talloires Declaration. A full-time sustainability coordinator is responsible for energy conservation, recycling, and other related issues. The Clark University Environmental Sustainability Task Force, made up of administrators, students, and faculty members, makes recommendations to the president in regard to sustainability.
The university's sustainability task force has completed greenhouse gas emissions inventories for 2004 to 2007, and, during the 2006–2007 school year, Clark purchased renewable energy certificates. Additionally, students are given the option to pay a fee to offset their energy consumption. Clark runs an energy awareness program, and energy efficiency projects, including lighting retrofits and upgrades of chillers, have been completed.
Clark's produce provider purchases as many local products as possible based on seasonal availability. Hormone-free milk is purchased from a local dairy. Dining services supports a local urban garden by using their products for special dinners. Fair trade coffee and cage-free eggs are used, and organic produce, rice, and oatmeal is served at one cafe. Dining will go trayless beginning in fall 2008.
Clark seeks LEED certification for all new building projects on campus and has achieved LEED Silver certification for Blackstone Hall and LEED Gold certification for the Lasry Center for Biological Sciences.
Clark hired two students as energy conservation outreach coordinators for summer 2008, and the recycling program is operated by 16 student workers. Students also intern in the sustainability office. The Campus Sustainability Initiative student group connects the community to promote and implement sustainability goals.
The university participates in a free shuttle service to transport students to other colleges and main points of interests in the area. There is also a free shuttle for students on weekend nights. Clark sponsors car- and ridesharing programs and a bike-sharing program will be piloted in fall 2008.
The university makes a list of endowment holdings and its shareholder voting record primarily available to the school community, but also to the public. This information is available at the investment office.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds and community development loan funds.
Students, faculty, and trustees serve on the shareholder committee of Clark's board of trustees, which makes proxy voting recommendations to the board.
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