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Report Card 2011

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Berry College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Berry College

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Endowment: $644 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Mount Berry, 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.

Overall grade  
B +
The Sustainability Committee at Berry College completed a climate action plan in 2010 and has worked to implement programs related to energy, transportation, and waste reduction. The Office of Environmental Compliance & Sustainability (ECoS) employs a full-time director of sustainability. The college regularly purchases Energy Star-rated appliances and equipment, environmentally preferable paper products, and EPEAT-certified computers and printers.
Berry has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent since 2008 and has committed to a further 5 percent reduction by the year 2020. Numerous energy-saving technologies have been installed on campus, including energy management and heat recovery systems, lighting retrofits, and steam-line insulation. One hundred and fifty geothermal wells generate 8 percent of the college's electricity.
Dining services spends approximately 25 percent of its food budget on local products, including vegetables sourced from an on-campus garden. The college purchases only hormone- and antibiotic-free milk, and all salmon, tilapia, and catfish served on campus meet sustainable fisheries guidelines. Electronics are recycled in addition to traditional materials, and all landscaping waste is composted or mulched.
Morgan and Deerfield Halls are LEED Gold certified, and the college has reduced its annual water consumption by approximately 11 million gallons since 2005. Nearly all campus building space has been outfitted with low-flow showerheads and faucets, as well as dual-flush toilets, and waterless urinals have been installed in several buildings.
Berry's sustainability office employs 12 paid student interns. Students Against Violating the Earth and the Green Team worked to bring new informational posters to campus and to promote recycling and waste reduction in residence halls and throughout campus.
Berry partners with the Clean Air Campaign to offer financial rewards to faculty and staff who use alternative methods of transportation. A shuttle is available for transportation around campus, and a free bike check-out program features 12 bikes and affordable repair services. The college recently closed a roadway to build a bike path through the main campus.
The college makes a list of all holdings available to all members of the school community, including faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and sends the information upon request. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is accessible to the public and sent upon request.
The college aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is invested in renewable energy funds. The college also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
A committee of trustees deliberates and makes decisions on proxy votes.
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