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IU Improves Sustainability Ratings, But Dismisses Report


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IU Office of Sustainability dismisses Sustainability Endowment Fund report.

Indiana University sustainability officials say a recent report comparing campus environmental programs may be a useful metric for potential students, but should not be viewed as a comprehensive study.

IU Office of Sustainability Director Bill Brown says the annual College Sustainability Report Card does not use a transparent and clear standard of evaluation.

According to the report, Indiana University has improved its rating from a “D-” in 2007 to a “B” in 2011. Brown dismisses the report as not very useful compared to other, more rigorous metrics, but says his office is happy with the improvement.

However, Sustainable Endowment Fund Communication Director Susan Paykin says the Green Report Card does take into account many factors such a school size and geographic limitations.

She says the report is meant to be used as a tool of awareness and aims to be useful to administrators and students. Among Indiana schools, Earlham College was the only institution to earn an overall “A” grade. The lowest score in the Hoosier State belongs to Wabash College, which rates a “D-“ overall and receives failing grades in five of the nine constituent categories of the survey.

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