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Report Card 2010

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Harvey Mudd College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Harvey Mudd College

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Endowment: $198 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Claremont, California

Enrollment: 753

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 -
The Harvey Mudd College Sustainability Committee, which includes faculty, staff, and students, sets goals for the college based on HMC's sustainability policy statement. In 2008, the board of trustees passed a resolution supporting sustainable building practices and purchasing policies. The landscape master plan calls for native and drought resistant plants throughout campus.
As part of the Campus Housing Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program, HMC has upgraded 52 percent of its buildings with energy-efficient lighting and is retrofitting and retrocommissioning its HVAC systems. The college also received funding to install wireless temperature sensors to control airflow from the building HVAC system through variable speed drives. The sensors report to a controller, which ties into the building management system, and the controller determines the speed of the supply and return fans to optimize the airflow for energy efficiency. The college has a small photovoltaic array on the roof of one dormitory.
Dining services buys locally grown fruits and vegetables from five different farms through a distributor and uses herbs from a student-maintained garden. Dairy and bread products come from local producers as well. The college initiated a trayless dining program in May 2009. Excess food is donated to a local church, and students in the residence halls hold dorm auctions to sell items left by the previous year's students.
The board of trustees passed a resolution that all new buildings will meet LEED Silver standards at a minimum. Sontag Residence Hall is LEED-certified, and one dining hall is LEED Silver-certified. Water-conserving technologies have been installed in residence halls, as have occupancy sensors for lighting. A computer-based evapotranspiration system controls landscaping irrigation.
Mudders Organizing for Sustainability Solutions researches current practices at HMC and recommends sustainable solutions. There is also student representation on the campus planning committee of the board of trustees. Students participated in the Dorm Energy Challenge.
A free bike-share program is available for students, as well as a car-sharing program. HMC conducts a ride-share program that encourages faculty, staff, and students to carpool and use alternative forms of transportation. The college offers a financial incentive to faculty and staff who participate in the program.
The college makes lists of external managers, mutual funds, fixed-income holdings, and proxy votes available to the public upon request per open record law. All other information is also available to college community members and is sent upon request.
The college aims to optimize investment return and is invested in a fund with a focus on global climate change.
In select cases where HMC is able to vote proxies, a subcommittee of the board of trustees deliberates and makes recommendations.
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