Civil War upset! As promised, I have revisited the Ducks vs. Beavers green face-off today, and I’m declaring the Beavers victorious in a squeaker. As I explained last week, the schools are very closely matched in environmental leadership stats collected by the Environmental Protection Agency and the College Sustainability Report Card. But they can’t both win.
So, to find a tie-breaker, I took a closer look at the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card, a comparative evaluation of hundreds of U.S. colleges based on public records and survey data. Both the Ducks and the Beavs scored a B+ overall, but to determine a winner I looked the two schools’ individual scores by category and compared them with the average scores across all participating schools. Turns out, the Beavers scored above average in more categories than the Ducks did.
In the process of comparing these stats, I also checked the lists of schools that are “leading by example” to see if either the U of O or OSU had more accolades for leadership. Guess what: Both schools are leaders in sustainable administration. And while the Ducks are leaders in sustainable food and recycling, the Beavers are leaders in climate change and energy. Another draw!
But when you add up all the scores in individual categories, the Beavers came out just barely on top: The Ducks earned an A in food and recycling, and the average grade was a B+. The Beavers earned a B in this category, only slightly below average. In student involvement, the Ducks scored the average, B, while the Beavers earned an above-average A.
And finally, one the key categories where the Ducks came up short is in sharing information about the school’s investments. While OSU earned a B in endowment transparency (above the C average for all schools), U of O earned a below-average D (for keeping its specific asset holdings private).
Here’s why that’s important, according to the College Sustainability Report Card:
“Access to endowment information is useful within a college community to foster dialogue about opportunities for investing in clean energy, and about using proxy votes to encourage responsible corporate practices.”
Luckily, the Ducks easily outscore their likely Bowl Championship Series rivals at Auburn University, which scored an B- to the University of Oregon’s B+ on the overall 2011 sustainability report card. So, all the Ducks have to do to win that face-off is play ball.