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For the third consecutive year, Dartmouth praised for sustainability efforts

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/25/08 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp • (603) 646-3661 

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Sustainable Endowments Institute gives Dartmouth an A-

The waste-free Community Cookout
Sustainable programs include the Waste-Free Community Cookout, held Sept. 23 (photo by Joseph Mehling)

For the third consecutive year, Dartmouth has received the highest grade granted, an A-, on the 2009 College Sustainability Report Card for its environmentally active campus and its transparent endowment holdings. The grade was given by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, a project of the not-for-profit Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, providing research and advice on philanthropy and giving.

The A- grade again puts Dartmouth in the Overall College Sustainability Leader category, this year sharing that honor with 14 other institutions: Brown University, Carleton College, Columbia University, Dickinson College, Harvard University, Middlebury College, Oberlin College, Stanford University, University of British Columbia, University of Colorado, University of New Hampshire, University of Pennsylvania, University of Vermont, and University of Washington. Dartmouth was also named an Endowment Sustainability Leader.

"Dartmouth's A- grade on this third-annual report card recognizes the ongoing work we are doing to ensure our campus and our community engages in a variety of effective sustainable activities," said Associate Provost Mary Gorman.

For the latest report, the institute looked at the 300 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada with the largest endowments. The authors note that since last year's report card, 66 percent of the schools improved their grades, and more than four in five schools improved their grades since the first ranking in early 2007.

Dartmouth received an A in six of the nine categories graded: food and recycling, green building, student involvement, endowment transparency, investment priorities, and shareholder engagement.

Dartmouth's Sustainability Manager Kathy Lambert said, "The A- grade from SEI is a great starting point. In the coming year, I will focus on increasing the coordination of sustainability efforts across campus; and work with students, faculty, and staff to expand our energy, conservation, and transportation programs."

In the past year, Dartmouth has committed $12.5 million dollars over the next five to seven years to upgrade existing buildings and facilities with energy-saving features. Several of Dartmouth's new buildings have received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council recognizing high standards for sustainability in new construction: residence halls McLane, Fahey, and McLaughlin won gold certification, and academic facilities Kemeny Hall and the Haldeman Center won silver. Dartmouth has also enhanced its commuting options by adding two Zipcars (membership-based car sharing) and a vanpool, and offering showers at Alumni Gym to employees who bike to work. A new Sustainable Living Center at Dartmouth opened in September, housing eco-conscious students interested in minimizing energy use and waste.

An Energy Task Force at Dartmouth has also been meeting and working since the spring of 2007, and their report focused on conserving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions is expected this fall.

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