Willamette Scores High on Sustainability Report Card
A 2009 report card from the Sustainable Endowments Institute gave Willamette University an "A" and named it a leader for its sustainability efforts in food and recycling, green building and investment priorities. Willamette's overall score of a "B" was higher than any other small liberal arts college in the Pacific Northwest.
The College Sustainability Report Card evaluates sustainability initiatives from the 300 colleges with the largest endowments in the U.S. and Canada.
Willamette was recognized as a leader for reducing waste and purchasing food from local, organic farmers; following green building guidelines for all new construction and renovations; and aiming to optimize investment return and investing in renewable energy funds. The university also scored high and was singled out as a leader for its administration's efforts.
This is the second time in recent months that Willamette's initiatives have been recognized nationally. In the country's largest survey to date, the National Wildlife Federation recognized Willamette as first in the nation for sustainability activities.