Sustainability report card awards seven “A” grades

Oct. 29—The Sustainable Endowments Institute, a nonprofit organization, recently awarded seven universities an overall “A” grade on the 2011 Sustainability Report Card.

The A institutions are Brown University in Providence, R.I.; Dickinson University in Carlisle, Pa.; the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis; Oberlin College in Ohio; Pomona College in Claremont, Calif.; the University of Wisconsin in Madison; and Yale University, in New Haven, Conn.

The report details the efforts of more than 300 schools in the U.S. and Canada. The report measures each school’s progress with sustainability initiatives, and this year 52 institutions earned grades of A- or better, which is twice as many as last year. Each school is awarded a grade in the category of food and recycling, which looks at initiatives in sustainable and local purchasing, composting, disposables and recycling. To view the full report, visit greenreportcard.org.