University receives high scores in sustainability

The University was given an A- rating in sustainability by the Sustainable Endowments Institute.

James Nord

The University of Minnesota received an “A-” on the College Sustainability Report Card 2010. The nonprofit Sustainable Endowments Institute, a project of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors cited improvements in transportation, student involvement, and administrative policies for the grade. âÄúLast year the University earned a B+ which is also an impressive grade, but this year I think one of the most impressive steps the University has taken is itâÄôs recently officially committed to reducing its energy consumption,âÄù said Susan Paykin, a communications fellow at the Sustainable Endowments Institute. The University was one of 26 institutions to receive an A- and is listed as an âÄúOverall Sustainability Leader.âÄù Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. and Macalester College in St. Paul received the same grade and are included in the category, as well. The universities with the 300 largest endowments, as well as 32 others that applied to be part of the survey are included in the results. The Sustainable Endowments Institute judges universities on nine different categories, including: administration, climate change and energy, food and recycling, green building, student involvement, transportation, endowment transparency, investment priorities and shareholder engagement.