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Report Card 2010

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Goucher College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Goucher College

School details:

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  Campus Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $148 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Enrollment: 1,422

Type: Private


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.

Overall grade  
B +
Subcommittees of the Goucher Environmental Sustainability Advisory Council, which includes faculty, staff, and students, have sponsored an environmental resource fair, launched a car-sharing program, and drafted a greenhouse gas report, among other things. The college has an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy.
The college built two heating and cooling plants that resulted in the reduction of the number of boilers on campus from 21 to 14. The equipment used in the plants is 84 percent efficient, compared with 65 percent for individual boilers. Occupancy sensors have been installed in classrooms to turn off lights and set back the HVAC system. Variable frequency drives have been installed on 150 motors and pumps and campus-wide temperature setbacks are scheduled daily.
Goucher has a comprehensive local and organic food policy with a goal to first purchase items within a 150 mile radius. Goucher also offers cage-free eggs, hormone-free beef and poultry, fair trade coffee, and seafood that meets Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines. Vegan entrees are available at each meal in all dining locations, and a trayless dining program was implemented in 2008. Goucher has on-site composting for all landscaping waste and organic waste from dining halls. All grease from dining halls is sent to a facility that converts it to biodiesel fuel.
Goucher requires new construction and major renovation projects to meet LEED Silver standards at a minimum. One building has been certified as LEED Silver, and three buildings have met the criteria but have not been certified. The college has replaced all showerheads with ultra-low-flow models and has installed waterless urinals in 10 percent of its buildings.
The Green House is a student-developed, special interest house that focuses on promoting sustainability and environmental awareness. Residents of the house work to use less electricity and resources in their dorm and encourage others to do the same. The Campus Agriculture Co-op works to raise awareness about sustainable agriculture and food practices, and also operates Goucher's composting program. The Goucher Climate Action Group promotes and plans the annual Earth Day festival, among other activities.
The college offers designated carpool parking. Facilities management services has one electric golf cart and two hybrid vehicles. The Baltimore Collegetown Network's shuttle bus provides access to area venues and is free of charge for students.
The college makes a list of endowment holdings available to the entire school community upon request. The college makes a list of external managers available to the public. The college does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds or commingled funds public.
The college aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The college does not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled funds.
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