The University earned an average grade of “A-” on the 2008 College Sustainability Report Card, an independent environmental sustainability evaluation of campus operations and endowment investments.
Of the 200 schools evaluated on the report card, the UW is tied for the highest average grade with Harvard University and Dartmouth, Middlebury and Carleton colleges, and the University of Virginia. The Sustainable Endowments Institute, a special project of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, published the report in October 2007.
“We’re very proud of it,” said Norm Arkans, executive director of media relations for the UW, of the UW’s grade. Noting ongoing efforts to further reduce the UW’s carbon footprint, he added, “We’d like to see the minus go away; we’d like to see straight A’s.”