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Report Card 2011

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Endowment: $308 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Worcester, Massachusetts


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  
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The President's Task Force on Sustainability and Green WPI Committee work to implement campus sustainability efforts. The institute is committed to sustainability through a formal policy and components of the campus master plan. The development office recently created an alumni green fund to support sustainability projects on campus. WPI purchases only EPEAT-certified computers and Energy Star-qualified residential appliances.
WPI has achieved a 5 percent reduction in building energy use since 2005. The institute has installed energy-saving technologies, including energy management systems, temperature control timers, and high-efficiency lighting. WPI also has a power shedding agreement with its utility company to decrease energy consumption during peak hours.
The institute spends 28 percent of its food budget on local products. Dining services purchases exclusively cage-free eggs and hormone- and antibiotic-free pork, chicken, and milk. Pre- and postconsumer food scraps are composted at nearly all meals through an agreement with a local hog farmer. In addition to traditional materials, the campus recycles electronic waste and has recycling containers in all offices.
All new buildings must meet LEED standards, and the institute has one LEED Gold and one LEED Certified building on campus. A green maintenance policy promotes the planting of native species and use of green cleaning products, and almost all construction waste is diverted from landfills.
Eco-reps, faculty, staff, and resident assistants promote sustainability during new student orientation. Numerous student groups, the Student Green Team and the President's Task Force on Sustainability, coordinated the PrecycleMania and RecycleMania competitions, resulting in a 15 percent increase in recycling rates over a single year. A student poster competition is held to recognize sustainability projects.
WPI provides free 90-day bus passes to first-year students and is in discussions with the regional transportation authority to add routes near campus. The institute hosts a car-sharing program and an online ride-sharing program and provides shuttle service to on- and off-campus destinations. East Hall provides secure bicycle storage; bike racks are located across campus; and pedestrian-friendly development is included in the institute's master plan.
The institute makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. The institute does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds public.
The institute aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The institute does not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds.
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