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Report Card 2010

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Hendrix College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Hendrix College

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Endowment: $137 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Conway, Arkansas

Enrollment: 1,350

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  
C +
Hendrix College has a sustainability committee, which consists of a variety of subcommittees that include administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The college purchasing policy requires the purchase of Energy Star appliances, environmentally preferable paper products, and Green Seal cleaning supplies whenever possible.
Signs have been placed adjacent to all campus light switches to remind the community to conserve electricity. Hendrix uses low-temperature geothermal energy for heating and cooling and implements HVAC temperature setbacks during breaks.
The Hendrix Food Program is an initiative to trace the origins of cafeteria food, examine its local environmental impacts, and explore possible local and organic alternatives. Approximately 17 percent of the college's food budget goes toward purchasing locally produced and processed foods. Hendrix offers half-price fountain drinks for using a reusable cup. At least two vegan entrees are available at each meal.
The new fitness center was built to LEED standards, and the student life and technology center is LEED Silver-certified. All student housing has been retrofitted with low-flow showerheads. The Village at Hendrix has a rainwater collection system that is utilized to irrigate the grounds.
The Environmental Concerns Committee (ECC) facilitates student sustainability initiatives. The ECC chair is a member of the student senate. There is also a themed living program, Eco-House, through which students engage in sustainability projects throughout the year. The college offers some student sustainability internships.
Hendrix College has a community bike-sharing program. With the addition of The Village at Hendrix, additional points of interest for students, such as restaurants, pharmacies, grocery stores, and other shopping opportunities, will be available within walking distance. The vehicle fleet includes two electric cars.
The college makes a list of endowment holdings available only to trustees and senior administrators. The college does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds/commingled funds public.
The college aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in community development loan funds.
Most of the endowment is in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. For separately managed accounts, the college has not made any public statements about a proxy voting policy.
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