Monday, October 29, 2007

Colleges Graded on Sustainability


It was a nice weekend at K-State with Homecoming and another K-State football victory.

On environmental business, it looks like we have much work to do about getting our campus moving toward "green" and sustainable.
As the following article indicates, of 200 US colleges evaluated, K-State rates with a D+.
Of interest, SEA is mentioned in the K-State profile. Now is an essential time for students to step forward and make a change for something better on campus.


Daily Grist 10/26/07

Wondering which colleges are greenest? The Sustainable Endowment Institute has released its second College Sustainability Report Card, grading the environmentaliciousness of the 200 U.S. colleges with the largest endowments. Two-thirds of the schools got better grades this time than last; the average overall grade was a C+, and six schools received an overall A- for their efforts -- Carleton College, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Middlebury College, University of Vermont, and University of Washington. The colleges were graded on transportation, administration, climate and energy, food and recycling, green building, and investment priorities, as well as endowment transparency and shareholder engagement (both of which most schools solidly failed). Among the encouraging statistics: Around half of the schools have committed to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, more than two-thirds have green building policies, and more than 80 percent source at least some cafeteria food locally.


K-State's profile:
http://www.endowmentinstitute.org/report2008/profile90.pdf

sources: The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, PR Newswire
straight to the report: College Sustainability Report Card 2008
see also, in Gristmill: College Sustainability Report Card 2008 released
see also, in Grist: 15 Green Colleges and Universities
see also, in Grist: College and university presidents sign on to climate pledge

2 comments:

Sam said...

Now that you've read the College Sustainability Report Card, join the discussion about it on the AASHE Campus Sustainability Perspectives Blog:
http://www.aashe.net/staffblog/campus-operations/college-sustainablity-report-card-released

Did the report accurately reflect your school's environmental performance? How will you use the report's findings on your campus?

Ben said...

We'll be meeting at Kevin's house - 1321 Laramie, right next to Fast Eddie's in Aggieville - on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 4pm to discuss what we might want to do with the report. Some of us at the last SEA meeting were interested in creating a broad-based campaign with other student groups and also faculty groups on campus, and possibly trying to make it an SGA election platform issue. Come on out on that Sunday to talk about it.