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News Release

January 24, 2007

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Kathleen J. Sullivan, News Service: (650) 724-5708, kathleenjsullivan@stanford.edu

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—large and small, public and private—with 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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    Comment:

    Jeffrey Koseff, director, Woods Institute for the Environment: (650) 736-2363, koseff@stanford.edu
    Robert Reidy, vice president for land, buildings and real estate: (650) 723-6324, (650) 926-0239, rcr@stanford.edu

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