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Report Card 2011

Illinois Wesleyan University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Illinois Wesleyan University

School details:

 Grade higher than last year

 

Endowment: $168 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Bloomington, Illinois

 

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 
C
Illinois Wesleyan University is a member of the Illinois Sustainable University Compact and includes environmental stewardship as a goal in its strategic plan. A sustainability committee has worked on a number of initiatives, including choosing a sustainability-themed book as required reading for all first-years, utilizing geothermal systems in new buildings, adding bike racks on campus, and increasing the number of recycling containers. The university also purchases a variety of Energy Star-, FSC-, and EPEAT-certified products.
To reduce energy use, the university has implemented several measures, including temperature setbacks and energy management systems, and has installed technologies such as economizers, heat recovery systems, LED lighting, lighting sensors, efficient lighting, steam line insulation, variable speed drives, and vending machine sensors. The university also encourages energy conservation through green IT campaigns.
Dining services at IWU spends 20 percent of its annual food budget on local products, including fruit, vegetables, and milk. All milk purchased for the campus is hormone and antibiotic free; seafood is sourced according to sustainability guidelines; and only fair trade coffee is served. Used cooking oil is recycled for biodiesel production; discounts are offered to students with reusable mugs and bags; excess food is donated to a local food bank; and all meals are trayless. The university recycles all traditional materials and has an electronics recycling program.
All new buildings are required to meet LEED certification standards, and the campus currently has one LEED-certified building. In order to reduce water consumption, the university has installed advanced laundry technology and low-flow showerheads and faucets.
The university employs nine eco-reps to educate their peers about sustainability. Environmental student groups at IWU have worked on a variety of initiatives, including maintaining a native prairie lot, attending statewide sustainability conferences, advocating against offshore drilling, working to reduce unnecessary printing, and creating environmental programming for residents. New students also learn about sustainability at orientation.
Two campus vehicles run on ethanol fuel. The university has not made public any programs or practices that encourage or facilitate the use of alternative forms of transportation.
The university makes a list of all holdings available upon request to trustees. Only asset allocation information is available to senior administrators and other select members of the school community, and is sent upon request.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and has invested in on-campus energy and water efficiency projects.
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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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