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Report Card 2011

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Willamette University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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B+
Willamette University

School details:

  Grade higher than last year

 

Endowment: $208 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Salem, Oregon

 

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 +
Willamette has three committees overseeing campus sustainability initiatives, which have focused on policy and planning, greenhouse gas emissions inventories, and offsets. Seven campus staff devote a portion of their time to sustainability efforts, and a purchasing policy encourages procurement of environmentally preferable paper, appliances, and cleaning products.
The university reduced greenhouse gas emissions 3 percent from 2007 to 2008. Energy-saving measures have been implemented on campus, including system tune-ups, high-efficiency lighting, and temperature setbacks. Willamette has installed on-site wind turbines and solar panels, and the university purchases renewable energy credits for 11 percent of its electricity.
Dining services spends 43 percent of its food budget on local and organic items. The cafeteria serves only cage-free eggs, hormone-free beef, and sustainably harvested seafood. Preconsumer food waste is composted at all meals, and a student club collects organic waste from dorms to be composted at the campus garden. Electronic waste is recycled in addition to traditional materials.
Willamette requires that all new construction and renovation projects be at least LEED Silver certified. The campus includes two LEED Gold-certified buildings and one that meets LEED Silver standards. Water conservation technologies have been installed, including dual-flush toilets and low-flow faucets and showerheads. The university diverts 95 percent of its construction waste from landfills.
The Terra House offers a sustainability-oriented residential option for over 30 students. New student orientation features a zero-waste meal, and dorms elect sustainability and recycling representatives. The sustainability office employs three student interns, and the campus conducts a Bike Commute Challenge. The Zena Forest houses a student-managed farm, compost program, and residential agriculture program, as well as provides carbon offsets and retreat space.
Willamette students and employees can purchase local public transit passes at a 50 percent discount, and 54 percent of students commute to campus via environmentally preferable means. The university operates a bike-sharing and repair program for the campus community.
The university makes a list of all holdings available at the investment office to all members of the school community, including faculty, staff, students, and alumni. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions only by category is made available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds. Donors can request that gifts be directed into a socially responsible account pool that considers environmental and sustainability factors.
Most of the endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. For separately managed accounts, a member of the school administration handles the details of proxy voting.
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