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Report Card 2010

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Wake Forest University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Wake Forest University

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Endowment: $1,254 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Winston Salem, North Carolina

Enrollment: 6,671

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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Wake Forest created a sustainability office and hired the school's first sustainability director. Sustainability is a theme of the campus master plan. The use of green cleaning products is standard practice. All students, faculty, and staff use EPEAT Gold-registered laptops, which are donated to the local community after refurbishment.
The university has undertaken several projects for energy efficiency, including HVAC upgrades, lighting replacements, and temperature setbacks. A greenhouse gas emissions inventory is in progress.
Dining services spends 8 to 10 percent of its annual food budget on local and organic products, including seasonal fruits and vegetables, beef, bread, and dairy. All dining facilities are trayless. Reusable items are collected for donation during move-out periods, and old computer notebooks are refurbished and reissued on campus.
Wake Forest has adopted a policy to design and build all new construction projects to LEED Silver standards at a minimum. Two new residence halls and an admissions building qualify for LEED certification. Low-flow showerheads and dual-flush toilets have been installed in select buildings and residence halls.
The Student Environmental Action Coalition promotes sustainability efforts on campus, and the student government has an executive committee on sustainability and energy. The university employs six student interns to work on sustainability initiatives. Sustainability has been incorporated into new-student orientation through the distribution of a campus green guide and an informational lecture.
The campus fleet includes 19 electric vehicles, and the university provides free shuttle buses on campus and to local destinations. The new university master plan aims to make the campus bike- and pedestrian-friendly, as well as reduce on-campus parking as public transportation programs are expanded.
A list of all holdings and votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is made available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community in the investment office.
The university aims to optimize investment return, is currently invested in renewable energy funds, and is exploring further investment.
The university provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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