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Report Card 2011

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Allegheny College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Allegheny College

School details:

  Grade higher than last year

 

Endowment: $134 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Meadville, Pennsylvania

 

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  
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Allegheny College has advanced a set of environmental guiding principles. A full-time sustainability coordinator develops green initiatives, and departmental sustainability liaisons also raise awareness among their coworkers. Computing services purchases exclusively EPEAT-certified computers.
The college aims to be carbon neutral by 2020 and has realized a 3 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2005. Allegheny has installed numerous energy efficiency technologies, including energy management systems and electric metering, and has implemented temperature setbacks. The college uses three ground-source heating and cooling systems to produce renewable energy.
Dining services spends more than 40 percent of its food budget on local products and also sources herbs from an on-campus garden. The school purchases exclusively cage-free eggs, hormone- and antibiotic-free milk, sustainably harvested seafood, and fair trade coffee. The food court uses compostable containers and offers a discount for the use of reusable mugs. Allegheny composts at all meals and donates excess food daily. The online Garage Sale allows for the year-round exchange of materials on campus.
All new construction must meet LEED Silver standards, and there are currently two LEED-certified buildings on campus. During the past year, 92 percent of construction and demolition waste was diverted from landfills. The college works to detect and seal leaks and has installed energy-efficient laundry systems on campus to reduce water use. Living roofs, porous pavement, and rain gardens are used to manage stormwater.
Students can elect to live in the Sustainability House or the Green Living and Learning Community. The college employs three paid sustainability interns and also runs an eco-reps program. The student government has a sustainability coordinator position, and is developing a sustainability committee. Student sustainability groups on campus meet monthly to collaborate at the Green Gator Roundtable.
Students ride for free on public transportation, and there is a bike-sharing program on campus. Allegheny's campus is small and pedestrian friendly with no parking located in the center.
The college makes a list of all holdings available at the investment office to all members of the school community. A list of proxy votes on a company-specific level is available at the investment office to the public.
The college aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds. Allegheny also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
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The college is unable to vote proxies for the portion of the endowment that is invested in mutual funds or commingled investment vehicles. For separately managed accounts, Allegheny College provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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