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Report Card 2010

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Brandeis University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Brandeis University

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Endowment: $559 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

Enrollment: 5,892

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

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The university has a full-time energy manager and employs a full-time sustainability coordinator. The Brandeis Environmental Sustainability Team, composed of faculty, staff, administrators, and students, works to facilitate sustainability initiatives on campus. The school is a signatory to the Presidents Climate Commitment.
The university has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and has allocated over $9 million to implement upgrades to lighting, controls, steam, and energy management systems for improved efficiency. Brandeis has released its Climate Action Plan which specifies the steps the university will take to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
Over 450 tons of both pre- and post-consumer food scraps are composted across campus each year. The school has eliminated bottled water from catering menus and the retail food court. One salad bar in the retail food court is stocked with organic and local produce exclusively. All dining locations offer cage-free eggs, and, the retail grill offers grass-fed beef.
The university has five buildings that meet LEED-Silver criteria, including the recently completed Shapiro Science Center, which includes recycled building materials, low VOC paints, and a green roof. All residence halls have front-loading washing machines and low flow showerheads.
In 2009, Students for Environmental Action campaigned successfully for the implementation of a bottled water policy. New students arriving on campus receive an informational packet about the Eco-Reps program and how they can get their rooms ‘Green Certified.’ Through the Greening the Ivory Tower course, students have initiated various sustainability projects, including a community garden for local children and a campus farmers market.
DeisBikes, a bicycle sharing program, debuted in 2009 with 12 bikes that undergraduate students can use for free. Brandeis operates a shuttle service for student transportation around campus and in the local area. The school also participates in a commercial car-sharing service, offers employees the opportunity to buy transit passes with pretax earnings, and utilizes a state carpool matching service.
The university makes a list of all holdings available only to trustees and senior administrators. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The university does not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds.
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