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Report Card 2010

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Drew University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Drew University

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Endowment: $171 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Madison, New Jersey

Enrollment: 1,975

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.

Overall grade  
B -
Drew University's sustainability coordinator works with the sustainability committee to advance sustainability on campus. All paper used on campus contains 100 percent recycled content and computers are purchased in accordance with EPEAT standards. Sustainability is outlined as a goal in the strategic plan.
Drew has completed two greenhouse gas inventories and has committed to carbon neutrality. Energy efficiency projects have included lighting retrofits, window replacements, temperature setbacks, and upgrades to the student center cooling tower.
The university's food service provider has committed to increasing sustainable food purchases by 5 percent every year. Purchases of local food currently make up 9 percent of the annual food budget. Dining services buys exclusively cage-free eggs, and some seafood is purchased in accordance with sustainability guidelines. A discount is offered for using reusable mugs and all dining facilities are trayless.
McLendon Hall was built to LEED Silver standards and is currently awaiting certification. Occupancy sensors for lighting have been installed in some buildings.
Drew Environmental Action League (DEAL) works on restoration projects on campus and raises awareness about nature preservation and campus sustainability. Students may participate in a sustainability-themed residential community and one internship related to sustainability on campus is available.
The university offers incentives for carpooling to all members of the campus community. Faculty and staff can purchase public transportation passes with pretax dollars and students receive a 25 percent discount on local buses, trains, and light rail. The campus has bike- and car-sharing programs.
The university makes a list of external managers, mutual funds and multiple other holdings available at the investment office to all members of the school community. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is also available at the investment office to all members of the school community.
The university aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The university currently asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting, but is in the process of forming an 11-member Socially Responsible Investment Committee including students, faculty, and alumni to make proxy voting recommendations to the board's investment committee.
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