Green report gives UH B-minus

The Sustainable Endowments Institute gave UH a ‘B-‘ on its annual College Sustainability Report Card, marking an improvement from the ‘C-‘ it received in 2008.

The institute is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to spread knowledge about sustainability through its research.

‘ ‘Together, in one year’s time, we accomplished so much,’ Assistant Vice President of University Services Emily Messa said in a press release. ‘This wasn’t the work of an individual or department but the work of the entire campus.”

The College Sustainability Report Card is a comparative evaluation of campus and endowment sustainability activities at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, according to their Web site,’

Like the other 300 universities examined, UH was graded in the categories of administration, climate and energy, food and recycling, green building, student involvement, transportation, endowment transparency, investment priorities, and shareholder engagement.

UH showed improvement from 2008 in six categories, and maintained an ‘A’ in endowment transparency, a ‘C’ in investment priorities and a ‘D’ in shareholder engagement.

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