Harvard, Dartmouth and Carleton Among Colleges With High Sustainability Scores

Harvard, Dartmouth and Carleton Among Colleges With High Sustainability Scores

Harvard, Dartmouth, Middlebury, University of Washington, Carleton and the University of Vermont have been named College Sustainability Leaders, according to the new College Sustainability Report 2008.

These schools each earned As in the analysis of 200 public and private universities with endowments ranging from $230 million to almost $35 billion.

Overall, almost 45 percent of colleges want to cut carbon emissions, while green building practices are taking place at 59 percent of the schools surveyed. About 42 percent of colleges are using alternative fuel vehicles.

The independent evaluation performed and published by The Sustainable Endowments Institute found that overall, U.S. colleges have made great strides incorporating sustainable practices and policies -- except when it comes to their endowment investments.

The Shareholder Engagement and Endowment Transparency categories scored the lowest overall, with 66 percent Fs and 58 Fs, respectively.

"Colleges are rising to the sustainability challenge, but there remains much room for innovation," said Mark Orlowski, Executive Director of the Sustainable Endowments Institute. "Many schools are missing opportunities to 'connect the dots,' and bring leadership on the endowment side into alignment with existing campus sustainability efforts."

The full report is available here.