The "only independent evaluation of campus and endowment sustainability activities at colleges and universities," the College Sustainability Report Card, gave Vanderbilt a "C+" strictly on "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." The grade has nothing to do with academics.
Sponsors of the Green Report card gave Vanderbilt excellent marks for obtaining food from local producers, for recycling, and for investment strategies that include clean technology. They concluded that Vandy failed in areas like endowment transparency and engaging shareholders.
Belmont University and Fisk University were not graded.