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Report Card 2010

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Haverford College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Haverford College

School details:

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  Endowment Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $333 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Haverford, Pennsylvania

Enrollment: 1,169

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 Committee on Environmental Responsibility (CER), which consists of administrators, faculty, staff, and students, addresses environmental sustainability concerns on campus. The CER created a set of environmental policies that became official college policy in 2003. The head of Haverford's grounds department serves as the college's sustainability officer.
Haverford has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. Two work-study students patrol the campus during the evening in order to identify and rectify energy-wasting incidents such as lights and appliances that are left on. The college purchases renewable energy credits to offset 100 percent of its electricity use.
Locally produced and processed foods account for nearly one-third of the college's food budget. At least six vegan options are available at every meal. Dining services has started composting preconsumer food waste. Haverford will implement a trayless dining program during the fall 2009 semester.
The college has an informal, unwritten agreement that all new construction will follow LEED certification guidelines. The Gardner Integrated Athletic Center is Haverford's first LEED-certified project, having achieved Gold certification. The college diverts 90 percent of construction waste from the landfill.
EarthQuakers focuses on environmental issues confronting the Haverford student body, including local food, bicycle transport, compost, and solar power on campus. The college employs two student sustainability interns. Ehaus is an environmental house/co-op where students can live and practice a more sustainable lifestyle.
Faculty and staff are offered pretax incentives on public transportation. The most recent version of the master plan has provisions for installing more bike racks. Bus and van service is provided for Haverford students to take classes at nearby colleges. Over half of the college's fleet consists of golf carts, many of which are electric.
All endowment holding information and voting records on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, are made available to the public online with the exception of a list of mutual funds, which is only available to members of the college community.
The college aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds through three limited partnerships, with a total commitment of just under $50 million.
Haverford uses an indexed approach to its investments in domestic and international equities. The Committee on Investments and Social Responsibility (CISR), which has four trustee members, four students, two faculty, and two administrators, is charged with participating in and offering shareholder resolutions through a special CISR portfolio. The portfolio invests directly in many of the companies that receive the greatest number of shareholder resolutions.
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