Making the Grade in Sustainability

Hard work pays off’thanks to a campus wide-commitment from students to administration to become a more sustainable university.

The College Sustainability Report Card 2011, issued on October 27, 2010, awarded grades of A, to The New School for its sustainability efforts in key areas ranging from food and recycling, to student involvement, to the university’s purchasing policies. The annual report card, issued by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, claims to be the only independent evaluation of campus and endowment sustainability activities at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. Its aim is to evaluate and publicize sustainability efforts at universities.

The New School received a solid B as an overall grade, which clearly demonstrates improvement over last year’s rating of a C+,, said Gwen Kilvert, assistant director for Sustainability & Energy Management. Our community can be proud of our progress to become greener.,

According to Kilvert, the annual College Sustainability Report Card is one of many measurement tools that the university relies on to assess efforts to reduce its environmental footprint and carbon emissions.

‘There is no perfect rating system that can accurately evaluate what we are doing,, explained Kilvert. However, we’re pleased with this national recognition, acknowledge the areas that need more attention, and remain committed to seeking further improvements.,

For The New School’s full Report Card and more information about the College Sustainability Report Card 2011, go to http://www.GreenReportCard.org.