Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sustainability in Practice- College Sustainability Report Card 2011

Each year The College Sustainability Report Card offers an in depth evaluation of campus sustainability practices at both colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. This report offers information and inspiration for other campuses looking into implementing or improving sustainable practices.

This years report is the organizations fifth edition and covers 322 campuses. This year, Washington State University received an overall grade of C. The sustainability report considers administration, Climate Change & Energy, Food & Recycling,  Green Building, Student Involvement and Transportation.

While the report recognized WSU for it's climate change & energy and food & recycling, it ranked low in terms of green building, administration and student organizations. Some of the positive mentions received included the fact that dining services spends 20 percent of it's food budget on local items and that fair trade coffee is offered at each meal. In addition, WSU composts the majority of dining food waste and organic waste. This diverts 82 percent of total waste from ending up in a landfill. In an effort to reduce waste further, all electronics are recycled  in addition to traditionally recycled material. The report also mentions how WSU has made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 36 percent from levels in 2005 by the year 2035. Some of these offsets will occur with an on-site composting facility.

The report is highly informative and recognizes many schools for their innovative green practices. Check it out!

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