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Report Card 2010

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Spelman College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Spelman College

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Endowment: $352 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Enrollment: 2,100

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: No


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

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The Sustainable Spelman Committee, which reports to the president and comprises students, staff, and faculty, wrote an energy policy and has also worked to expand recycling. The college’s green purchasing policy is currently being developed, and the energy management policy mandates that all relevant purchases must be Energy Star-qualified.
The college has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, plans to reduce its carbon footprint, and uses compact fluorescent bulbs. The energy management policy, written by the Sustainable Spelman Committee, was endorsed by the senior leadership and implemented in February 2008.
Spelman has begun a trayless dining program in order to reduce food waste and save water and energy. The college recycles electronics and composts all landscaping waste.
The Suites residence complex, opened in August 2008, is in the LEED review process and is anticipated to achieve certification at the Silver level. With housing for over 600 residents as well as a dining hall, the building is 21 percent more energy-efficient than minimum energy code requirements. Spelman plans to renovate six other residence halls to acheive LEED certification.
Students play an active role in addressing environmental stewardship on Spelman's Sustainability Task Force.
Spelman subsidizes the cost of public transportation for members of the school community. Parking is limited to the edge of campus in order to promote a bike- and pedestrian-friendly atmosphere.
The college makes neither its proxy voting record nor its list of endowment holdings public. This information is only available to trustees and senior administrators.
The college aims to optimize investment return and has not made any public statements about investigating or investing in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The college asks that its investment officers handle the details of proxy voting.
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