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January 24, 2007

Stanford at top of its class in campus-greening practices and endowment policies, report says

Stanford University was one of four universities that earned an overall grade of "A-" in the first report card issued on campus greening practices and endowment policies in the United States and Canada by a Massachusetts research institute.

In a 118-page report released today by the Cambridge-based Sustainable Endowments Institute, Stanford shared top honors with Dartmouth College, Williams College and Harvard University.

The report analyzed sustainability practices at 100 institutions¬ólarge and small, public and private¬ówith the largest endowments. According to the institute, the schools have combined holdings of more than $258 billion, about 75 percent of all higher education endowment investments.

The institute, which was founded in 2005 as a special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, graded each school in seven categories.

Stanford received an "A" in five subjects: administration, food and recycling, green building, investment priorities and shareholder engagement. The university received a "B" in climate change and energy and a "C" in endowment transparency.

For a link to the full report, visit the web at http://www.endowmentinstitute.org/sustainability.

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