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National Recognition for Penn’s Sustainability Initiatives for Second Consecutive Year
October 20, 2009, Volume 56, No. 08

The grades are in: The University of Pennsylvania ranks among the top United States and Canadian colleges and universities for its sustainability initiatives, according to the 2010 College Sustainability Report Card.

Of the 332 schools evaluated, only 26, including Penn, were recognized as Overall College Sustainability Leaders, the report’s highest level of recognition; a distinction given to those institutions that achieve an average grade of “A-” or better across all categories.

Penn’s campus operations and endowment practices merited an overall grade of A- in nine categories. The specific grades:

B in Administration,

A in Climate Change and Energy,

A in Food and Recycling,

B in Green Building,

A in Student Involvement,

A in Transportation,

C in Endowment Transparency,

A in Investment Priorities

A in Shareholder Engagement.

Sustainability at PENN
Photograph: Marguerite Miller

“Penn is committed to becoming America’s greenest university campus,” Penn President Amy Gutmann said. “We’re delighted to again be recognized as a College Sustainability Leader and intend to continue setting the standard for higher-education institutions regarding energy conservation, waste reduction, emissions control, green design and sustainability education. What we do now through teaching, research and outreach will help determine the future well-being of the planet as well as that of generations to come.”

The Report Card is designed to identify colleges and universities that are leading by example on sustainability and is funded by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, a special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Now in its fourth year, the College Sustainability Report Card covers the colleges and universities with the 300 largest endowments in the United States and Canada, as well as 32 additional schools that applied for inclusion. The profiled schools have combined holdings representing more than $325 billion in endowment assets, or more than 95 percent of all university endowments.

More information on the College Sustainability Report Card is available at www.greenreportcard.org.



Almanac - October 20, 2009, Volume 56, No. 08