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Report Card 2009

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Berry College
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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Berry College

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Endowment: $683 million as of June 30, 2007

Location: Mount Berry, Georgia

Enrollment: 2,008

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes

Dining Survey: Yes

Endowment Survey: Yes


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 Briggs signed the Presidents Climate Commitment and has established a committee to generate and support sustainability initiatives. Five faculty and staff members devote a portion of their time to environmental issues, including sustainable forestry initiatives.
In addition to committing to carbon neutrality in the long term, the college purchases Energy Star-rated appliances, when feasible, and uses voltage regulators in certain vending machines.
Dining services works with three local farms to purchase 4 percent of its food, offers fair trade coffee, and uses trayless dining to reduce waste. The school recently developed a recycling program.
The college incorporates green building principles into construction and renovation projects whenever feasible. Two new residence facilities are expected to achieve LEED Silver certification.
Student government and two student groups hosted the first-ever Green Week on campus in spring 2008. Events included a lightbulb exchange. A student environmental group has also organized other events, including a campus cleanup week and a "conservation conversation."
Berry operates a campus shuttle and has a bicycle-sharing program. The campus has an extensive network of pedestrian walkways and recreational trails. Various departments use hybrid light-duty carts.
The college makes a list of endowment holdings available primarily to the school community, but also to the public. Information is available at the investment office.
The college aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The vast majority of the endowment is invested in mutual funds or similar alternative asset classes. For the remaining portion, an investment subcommittee may be convened in special circumstances to review and discuss proxy votes.
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