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How Green is Your Alma Mater?

How Green is Your Alma Mater?

Harvard University got an A-, tying it for the highest overall grade.

October 29, 2007 —

The Sustainable Endowments Institute has released its 2008 college report card and two-thirds of colleges are showing improved marks this time around. The report found overall improvements in green building projects, recycling, transportation, energy use, and administrative dedication to sustainability.

One less than encouraging finding was a continued resistance on the part of most colleges and universities toward endowment transparency. Those schools that do share information about their investment portfolios tend to have do pretty well in the area of sustainable investing, but since only 23 percent actually publish a list of endowment holdings, this would seem to indicate that many have something to hide.

If your school didn't perform up to your expectations, let them know about it. Colleges rely heavily on Alumni donations, and even if you don't donate, your voice will be heard and it could make a difference.

The Best:

  • Carleton College
  • Dartmouth College
  • Harvard University
  • Middlebury College
  • The University of Vermont
  • The University of Washington

Among The Worst:

  • American University
  • College of William and Mary
  • The George Washington University
  • The University of Alabama
  • The University of Georgia
  • Texas Tech University

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