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Report Card 2010

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The New School
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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The New School

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Endowment: $214 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: New York, New York

Enrollment: 7,776

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  
C +
In its environmental sustainability policy, The New School commits to addressing environmental issues within an urban setting. The school also has a comprehensive sustainable purchasing policy that highlights a closed-loop supply chain.
The New School has made a commitment to reduce its emissions by 30 percent between 2007 and 2017. The school achieved approximately a 4 percent reduction in emissions between 2007 and 2008. In addition, the school purchases renewable energy credits that cover 100 percent of its total electricity use.
Dining practices at The New School promote confinement-free, hormone-free, and grass-fed products. Vegan and vegetarian options are available at all dining locations, and all seafood meets sustainability criteria. All dining venues are trayless, and there is a campaign to promote reduction of waste and use of biodegradable products.
Five buildings are undergoing a lighting retrofit project. Low-flow faucets have been installed in most campus restrooms.
Students held a Water Taste Test campaign, which aided in convincing the university to stop purchasing bottled water. The students also played a key role in the university’s decision to purchase all electricity via renewable energy credits. The Renew School student group also hosted Parking Day during which the group spread awareness about public space that was lost because it was allocated to automobile parking.
Faculty and staff are eligible for the Transit-Check program, which saves individuals approximately $200 per year on public transportation costs. The New School successfully bid the New York City Department of Transportation to install 16 new curbside bicycle racks around campus. Additionally, there are two bike lanes within the campus.
The university makes a list of endowment holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and select members of the campus community. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
A task force of students, faculty, trustees, and staff is currently revisiting the school's socially responsible investment policy in order to explore investment in community development loan funds and renewable energy funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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