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Report Card 2010

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Kenyon College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Kenyon College

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Endowment: $189 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Gambier, Ohio

Enrollment: 1,580

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: No

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 college has an official statement of sustainability, and its master plan aims to maintain a walking campus. Kenyon's Environmental Sustainability Council expanded the recycling program and held several educational events. Kenyon has sustainability administrators in the maintenance department and the president's office.
The college hopes to complete an emissions inventory by summer 2010. Reminder signs and public awareness events encourage conservation in the campus community. Efficiency measures have included retrocommissionings and system upgrades.
Kenyon's Food for Thought program guidelines outline preference for local and seasonal food for the dining halls and specify intent to avoid items from industrial food production systems. Dining services purchases produce and meat from 19 local farms, hormone-free milk from a local dairy, all fair trade coffee, and only sustainably caught fish. All dining facilities have a postconsumer composting program, and the campus runs an end-of-semester item donation drive.
The college has one LEED-certified building and has installed light sensors and LED lights for energy conservation. Low-flow showerheads and water closets are also utilized.
The college has a residential community in a farm house at the Brown Family Environment Center. New-student orientation includes a "Sustainable Kenyon Tour." The ECO student group monitored the college's transition to a new recycling program, and the PEAS student group worked to increase local food purchases through dining services. Students reduced their energy consumption by an average of 20 percent during the Residence Hall Energy Competition.
Students ride for free on public transportation. Kenyon is a walking campus and many faculty and staff walk to work.
The college makes a list of endowment holdings primarily available to the school community, but also to the public through a campus office.
The college aims to optimize investment return and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds or similar investment vehicles.
The college asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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