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Report Card 2011

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Case Western Reserve University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Case Western Reserve University

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Endowment: $1,530 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Cleveland, Ohio


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

Overall grade  
B +
Case Western's Climate Action Planning Committee has launched a composting program and worked with the campus energy provider to switch from coal to natural gas. All electronics, appliances, and lighting are Energy Star compliant, and all computers are EPEAT certified. Employees and students can join departmental green teams to encourage colleagues to adopt green workplace habits.
To save energy, the university has implemented temperature setbacks, steam trap systems, energy management systems, and lighting upgrades in almost all buildings. To encourage the campus community to conserve energy, information about real-time energy use is available, and there is a trade-in program for inefficient appliances.
The university spends 23 percent of its food budget on locally sourced products, including herbs and vegetables from an on-campus farm. Exclusively hormone- and antibiotic-free burgers, poultry, and milk, as well as sustainably harvested seafood, are served on campus. The dining halls compost pre- and postconsumer food scraps, and the university recycles carpeting and campus furniture in addition to traditional materials. During move-in, packing materials are collected and unwanted items are donated at the end of the year.
There are six LEED-certified buildings on campus, and two that meet LEED criteria. Three buildings have also been adapted for alternative use. The university has installed water metering, laundry technology, and low-flow faucets and showerheads in almost all buildings. To manage stormwater, the campus features porous pavement, vegetated swales, and a groundwater recharge system.
Students are helping to develop a climate action plan. Among numerous environmental student groups, the Student Sustainability Council has established recycling for Brita filters as well as raised awareness by making the book "Bottlemania" mandatory reading for all incoming students and by organizing environmental service projects. The group is working on a movie about living sustainably on campus that will be shown during orientation.
Students receive free passes for buses and trains, and employees can get passes at a 50 percent discount. The university offers free shuttles from the campus to suburbs and shopping areas and partners with a car-sharing program. The campus fleet has seven electric vehicles.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the campus community. The university does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds/commingled funds public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in community development loan funds and renewable energy funds. The university is also exploring endowment investment in on-campus energy and water efficiency projects.
The university is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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