WPI Gets a B+ for Going Green

The New York Times' education blog The Choice mentions Worcester Polytechnic Institute as one of several schools that have improved in sustainability efforts, as outlined in the Sustainable Endowments Institute's 2010 College Sustainability Report Card

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WPI Provost John Orr said that the university's sustainability performance has increased thanks to multiple practices and efforts across campus, including work done by the President's Task Force on Sustainability, and the leadership of Facilities Systems Manager Liz Tomaszewski, who oversaw the compilation and submission of WPI's materials to the Sustainable Endowments Institute.

"Particularly noteworthy is that WPI's performance this year has improved substantially over the past two years. In 2008, WPI scored a D-, and in 2009, WPI scored a C-. While our sustainability accomplishments have grown over that time, I believe that other major reasons for the dramatic rise in rankings relate to both the Endowment Institute's greater care in collecting data, and to our attention to effectively presenting the broad range of WPI's accomplishments," Orr said.

The Sustainable Endowments Institute is a nonprofit organization engaged in research and education to advance sustainability in campus operations and endowment practices. The focus is on policies and practices in nine main categories:

  • Administration
  • Climate Change and Energy
  • Food and Recycling
  • Green Building
  • Student Involvement
  • Transportation
  • Endowment Transparency
  • Investment Practices
  • Shareholder Engagement

Visit WPI's sustainability Web site and the Sustainable Endowments Institute Web site for more information.

October 7, 2009