USF grows greener with a "B+" on the College Sustainability Report Card 2010.
The University of San Francisco is on the up and up when it comes to
“living green,” earning an overall “B+” on the College Sustainability
Report Card 2010.
In results released Oct. 7, USF substantially
raised its average “C” grade from 2009. Just last month, USF received
an “A” from the report card in the dining services and recycle programs
category, released before the overall scores.
The report card
is the only independent sustainability evaluation of campus operations
and endowment investments in the United States. Published by the
Sustainable Endowments Institute, a special project of Rockefeller
Philanthropy Advisors, it assesses more than 300 public and private
colleges and universities with the largest endowments.
USF beat out other top Bay Area schools, earning “A”s in six out of nine categories measured by the report card.
was very pleased with the progress that we made in the past year,” said
Glenn Loomis, USF director of community relations and Green Team
Loomis attributed USF’s better overall grade to
several new initiatives since the report card was last released. Chief
among them, in terms of showing that USF’s commitment goes to the very
top, was the signing by USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. of the
American College and University President’s Climate Commitment as well
as his signing of the Talloires Declaration, a declaration for
sustainability created for and by presidents of institutions of higher
In the past year, USF also completed a campus wide
carbon inventory, negotiated a deal with Zipcar to locate at the
university and for reduced car rental rates of USF students, faculty,
and staff, and brought 500 kilowatts of photovoltaic power on line from
five building rooftops.
“In the year ahead, we want to focus on
increasing student participation in sustainable efforts and programs,”
said Loomis, noting one of the areas singled out for improvement by the
Among USF’s sustainable programs with active
student engagement are the Garden Project and Back to da Roots club,
focusing on urban design and gardening and promoting the sale of fair
trade coffee on campus, respectively.