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Report Card 2011

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Bryn Mawr College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Bryn Mawr College

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Endowment: $610 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Bryn Mawr, 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  
B +
Bryn Mawr College has adopted a formal sustainability policy and a sustainability plan. The College Sustainability Committee recently expanded the role of residence hall recycling reps, provided reusable water bottles to every student, and moved the campus to single-stream recycling.
Bryn Mawr has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and is committed to a 10 percent emissions reduction from 2007 levels by 2018. Energy-saving projects have included the implementation of temperature set points and upgrades to the automated energy and temperature management system. The college has also installed energy-efficient lighting and uses green IT polices with school computers.
The college spends nearly 15 percent of its annual food budget on local products. All skim and whole milk is hormone free, and all seafood purchases conform to sustainability guidelines. Fair trade coffee is exclusively served on campus, and in the fall of 2010, trayless dining is being implemented. Standard materials and electronics are collected for recycling.
All new construction projects at Bryn Mawr are built to LEED Silver standards. One campus building meets LEED Silver criteria, and the college has repurposed 91,990 square feet of existing building space for alternative use. Campus laundry machines are water efficient, and all showerheads and toilets are low-flow models. A living roof and retention ponds are used to manage stormwater.
The Batten House is an upperclassmen co-operative living community focused on sustainable lifestyles. The college works with 25 student recycling reps, and students sit on the Presidents Sustainability Committee. During the recent Energy Diet competition, the winning dorm reduced their electricity consumption by 26 percent. BMC Greens, an environmental student group, worked with dining services to study how to implement sustainable dining at Bryn Mawr.
A shuttle runs between Bryn Mawr and other area colleges, and there is limited vehicle access to the center of campus. Twenty-five percent of employees at Bryn Mawr commute via environmentally preferable methods, and the college allows for the pretax purchase of public transpiration passes.
The college makes a list of all holdings, as well as a list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, available to all members of the school community. Information is sent upon request.
The college aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds and on-campus sustainability projects. Bryn Mawr is exploring, but not currently invested in, community development loan funds.
The college is unable to vote proxies for the portion of the endowment that is invested in commingled funds. For direct investments, the college provides investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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