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Report Card 2010

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College of William & Mary
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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College of William & Mary

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Endowment: $495 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Williamsburg, Virginia

Enrollment: 7,351

Type: Public


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

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The Committee on Sustainability administers the W&M sustainability program and engages more than 130 volunteers. The annual budget for sustainability projects exceeds $200,000.The college recently created a full-time fellowship devoted exclusively to campus sustainability efforts. All paper purchased for the campus contains recycled content, and the college buys exclusively Energy Star–qualified appliances.
W&M recently completed its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory and has reduced emissions by 12 percent per square foot of building space since 2002. Many energy efficiency projects have been completed including HVAC upgrades, a steam trap maintenance plan, and installation of high efficiency boilers. Staff, students, and faculty participate in sustainability practices orientation to encourage resource conservation.
The college purchases produce, seafood, bread, meat, and dairy items from local sources. Seafood is purchased according to sustainability guidelines, and all coffee served is fair trade. Dining halls are trayless and composting programs are in place in some locations. A recycling program diverts traditional and electronic waste from landfills.
W&M is committed to building all new construction to LEED Silver standards, and three buildings on campus are LEED-certified or qualify for certification. Water conservation technologies, including low-flow showerheads and faucets, dual-flush toilets and efficient washing machines have been installed in 46 percent of maintained building space.
A sustainability-themed residential program and an Eco-Ambassadors Program are active as of fall 2009. The Student Environmental Action Coalition advocates for waste reduction, energy and water conservation, and sustainable food initiatives on campus. The group recently received funding to pilot a reusable takeout container program in the dining halls and implemented a student green fee to fund the new green endowment and support the college's sustainability efforts. The student government has a position dedicated to environmental affairs, and there are five additional student organizations devoted to sustainability on campus.
The college supports integrated local transport with the city and county that includes on-campus buses, and is available to members of the campus community on presentation of a campus ID. W&M offers faculty and staff incentives for carpooling, and a bike-sharing program is available.
The college makes a list of external managers and cash holdings regularly available to trustees and senior administrators.
The college aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in some renewable energy funds. Donors may direct their gifts to a Green Endowment fund that supports campus sustainability initiatives.
The college does not have the ability to vote proxies, as nearly the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds, commingled funds, business trusts and private partnerships.
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