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Report Card 2011

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Agnes Scott College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Agnes Scott College

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Endowment: $235 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Decatur, Georgia


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

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The Sustainability Steering Committee has completed a climate action plan, increased the amount of sustainable food in dining halls, and implemented composting around campus, among other projects. A green purchasing policy requires the purchase of Energy Star appliances. Nearly all paper used on campus is made from recycled content. Office Green Teams encourage colleagues to adopt sustainable working habits.
The college aims to achieve climate neutrality by 2037. To reduce energy use, all buildings feature energy management systems, temperature setbacks have been implemented, lighting has been upgraded, and motion sensors have been installed. The college has also upgraded some HVAC systems for efficiency. Informational campaigns encourage the campus community to conserve energy.
The college serves fair trade coffee in all dining locations, as well as local milk, bread, and chicken. Reusable to-go containers are available in the dining halls, and students are given discounts for bringing reusable mugs. Trayless dining has been implemented; food scraps are composted at all meals; and residence halls feature compost bins. Unwanted office supplies are exchanged year round, and end-of-semester swaps collect unwanted items.
All new building projects must meet LEED Silver standards. The Anna I. Young Alumnae House renovation is LEED Silver certified, and the chapel meets Silver standards. To reduce water use, leaks have been repaired, and all of the water used for irrigation comes from a stormwater retention pond.
Residents of the Local Food House learn about environmental issues related to food. Four interns work on sustainability initiatives, and Environmental Residents engage their peers in green living by organizing lightbulb exchanges, Earth Day, and RecycleMania, among other programs. Students also run the bike-sharing program.
The college offers preferential parking and reduced parking fees, as well as the chance to win prizes in a drawing, for employees who carpool to work. Discount public transit passes are provided to employees and students. Free bikes are available for use around campus, and the college also partners with a car-sharing program. Main streets and parking lots have been removed from the center of campus, and all employees are offered the option of telecommuting.
The college makes a list of all holdings, as well as a list of votes cast on proxy resolutions only by category, available at the investment office to all members of the school community.
The college aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring endowment investment in renewable energy funds, community development loan funds, and on-campus energy and water efficiency projects. The college also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The college provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes for the portion of investments not in commingled funds.
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