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Report Card 2010

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Washington State University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Washington State University

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Endowment: $254 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Pullman, Washington

Enrollment: 25,352

Type: Public


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: No


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

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The university has implemented a formal sustainability policy, and the Sustainability and the Environment Committee has recently completed a greenhouse gas inventory and begun work on a climate action plan. Green cleaning products are used on campus, and Energy Star appliances are purchased for residence halls.
The university has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and has made a commitment to reduce emissions. The campus recently retrocommissioned its heating and cooling systems.
An on-campus orchard and farm provides $10,000 worth of food to the dining halls each year. Overall, 20 percent of the annual food budget is spent on local food items. The university composts food and landscaping waste, recycles electronic waste, and diverts 82 percent of traditional recyclable materials from landfills.
The Compton Union Building is WSU's first LEED Silver-certified building, and one additional building on campus qualifies for LEED certification. Low-flow showerheads and energy- and water-efficient laundry units have been installed in residence halls.
The Sustainable Agriculture Club is a student organization on campus focused on promoting sustainable food production practices. The university participates in RecycleMania.
The university provides a free commuter bus and an on-campus shuttle system. A bike-sharing program is available to the campus community, and the vehicle fleet includes 15 hybrid cars.
The Washington State University Foundation makes a list of all holdings available online to the public. The foundation does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds public.
The foundation aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The foundation asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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