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Report Card 2011

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Sewanee–The University of the South
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Sewanee–The University of the South

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Endowment: $295 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Sewanee, Tennessee


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.

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Sewanee is committed to sustainability through a policy and components of the campus master plan and strategic plan. Three committees and a sustainability office coordinate environmental initiatives. The university buys Energy Star-certified products when possible, and all computers meet EPEAT standards.
The university is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 10 percent from 2008 levels by 2013. Energy-efficient technologies, such as economizers, energy management systems, and metering, have been implemented. Sewanee generates renewable energy through photovoltaic arrays on two campus buildings and also purchases renewable energy credits.
Sewanee purchases local products, including produce and meat, as well as organic produce, eggs, and cereals. Some cage-free eggs, vegetarian-fed meat, and sustainably harvested seafood is also purchased. All coffee served on campus is fair trade. Pre- and postconsumer food scraps are composted at more than half of meals, and the school provides recycling bins in dining locations.
Sewanee strives to meet LEED Silver standards for all new construction, and two buildings on campus meet LEED criteria. Efficient laundry technologies, low-flow showerheads, and other measures have been taken to conserve water, and the campus features porous pavement and a vegetated swale for stormwater management.
The GreenHouse is home to 12 students who commit to maintaining sustainable lifestyles. New students learn about campus environmental efforts through skits, resident assistant presentations, and hands-on activities at orientation. The school employs several student sustainability interns and eco-reps. Students participate in the Eco Cup each year to reduce energy consumption, and several student organizations spearhead sustainability efforts on campus.
Sewanee is a residential campus that is easily accessible for pedestrian use, and the school is located less than a mile from the downtown area. A free van runs to local off-campus destinations during evenings. The university offers bike repairs through the Outing Program and has added sidewalks and bike shelters to campus. Sixteen vehicles in the campus motor fleet are electric.
The university makes a list of all holdings, as well as a list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on company-specific level, available at the investment office to all members of the school community.
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/or water efficiency projects and uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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