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Report Card 2009

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Agnes Scott College
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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Agnes Scott College

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Endowment: $329 million as of June 30, 2007

Location: Decatur, Georgia

Enrollment: 1,027

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes

Dining Survey: Yes

Endowment Survey: No


Data compiled from independent research and survey responses from schools. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology  section.

Overall grade  
C +
President Kiss signed the Presidents Climate Commitment (PCC). The Living Honorably section of the strategic plan incorporates numerous sustainability initiatives, including a stated goal to "become an environmentally sustainable community." The 19-member Sustainability Steering Committee is responsible for helping the college meet its obligations to the PCC and includes students, staff, faculty, alumnae, and trustees. The college employs a director of sustainability, a sustainability fellow, and two work-study students.
The strategic plan lists climate neutrality as a stated goal, and the college has recently completed a greenhouse gas inventory to help inform its 2009 climate action plan. In 2007, a preliminary efficiency program lead to a reduction in energy use.
The college is implementing an innovative recycling program in fall 2008 for which single-stream recycling bins will be in offices, classrooms, and dorm rooms, while trash must be taken to common areas. Dining halls serve fair trade coffee and tea and a limited number of local products when available. The college has eliminated the use of Styrofoam and offers discounts to patrons who bring a reusable mug.
As set forth in the strategic plan, the college follows green building principals and a specific policy is under development. Renovations to the Alumnae House and Campbell Hall are expected to achieve LEED certification.
The college has hired a recent graduate as a full-time sustainability fellow to engage students in sustainability on campus and coordinate the efforts of multiple student organizations. The school employs two work-study interns. Elements of the college's sustainability initiatives will be incorporated into orientation, as well as some courses and seminars.
The college recently introduced a commercial car-share program, and a recent agreement with Emory University extends their biodiesel-fueled shuttle service to the Agnes Scott campus. Furthermore, the college provides reduced price public transit passes and parking incentives for registered carpools. A new bike-sharing program began in fall 2008.
The college does not make proxy voting records available, and information on investment holdings is available only to trustees and senior administrators.
The college aims to optimize investment return and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds and community development loan funds.
The college asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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