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Report Card 2011

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Albion College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Albion College

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Endowment: $153 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Albion, Michigan


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.

Overall grade  
C +
Albion College has developed a sustainability policy and includes sustainability components in the campus master plan and strategic plan. The Sustainability Council recently produced a climate action plan and has worked to install water bottle refill stations around campus. The college purchases Energy Star appliances, computers, and lighting.
Albion recently completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. In 2008, the facilities department upgraded a campus mechanical system to improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality, and the college is currently installing high-efficiency lighting. A small residential unit utilizes a solar hot water system, and the campus features some solar panels and a demonstration wind turbine.
Dining services purchases fruit, dairy, grains and beans, meat, seafood, and baked goods directly from one local farm and five local processors. Seafood purchased at Albion conforms to sustainable fisheries guidelines. Dining services has eliminated bottled water from all dining locations and provides a discount for the use of reusable mugs. The college collects traditional materials, as well as batteries, computers, and printer cartridges, for recycling.
The college has committed to utilize the best available and appropriate technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as buildings are constructed and renovated. Albion has four LEED-EB-certified retrofit projects and has installed a living roof to manage stormwater runoff. To reduce water use, low-flow showerheads and efficient laundry units have been installed.
Students living in the E-House, a sustainable living-learning center, participate in an environmental sustainability course while they reside in the house and learn how old wooden homes typical of the midwest can be inhabited sustainably. The college has a new student farm project, which is supplying the cafeteria with vegetables. New students are provided with information from residential assistants and participate in activities to learn about environmental stewardship.
The college's vehicle fleet includes two 100 percent electric vehicles. A free shuttle to local destinations is offered on a weekly basis, and a bike-sharing program began in 2009.
The college makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. The college does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds public.
The college aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The college is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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