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Report Card 2011

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Centre College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Centre College

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Endowment: $183 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Danville, Kentucky


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 -
Centre College's Advisory Committee for the Presidents' Climate Commitment has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, implemented energy reduction technologies in buildings, and reduced waste in dining halls, among other initiatives. Energy Star products are purchased when available, and all office paper contains 30 percent recycled content. A student green fee is used to purchase renewable energy credits.
Centre has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. The school has already reduced energy consumption by 7 percent through the installation of energy management systems, the completion of lighting retrofits in 85 percent of campus buildings, and insulation improvements. Signs encourage people on campus to reduce their energy use.
Dining services spends 12 percent of its food budget on local products and sources vegetables and spices from an on-campus garden. Fair trade coffee is served in some dining locations. To reduce waste, all dining halls are trayless, and the Jazzman's Cafe offers a discount to customers who bring reusable mugs. Cardboard is collected for recycling during move-in, and unwanted items are sold at a yard sale during move-out.
All new buildings and major renovations are built to LEED Silver standards. Pearl Hall is LEED Gold certified, and Sutcliffe and Crounse hall meet LEED Certified standards. Norton Center for the Arts meets LEED-EB standards. Four buildings on campus have been repurposed for alternative use. To reduce water consumption, low-flow showerheads and faucets have been installed in nearly all buildings, and 10 percent of buildings feature dual-flush toilets.
Students are engaged in an annual competition to reduce energy use, and members of the Centre GROWS group work in the on-campus garden. The Environmentally Conscious Centre Organization has helped coordinate the school's participation in RecycleMania, has successfully run a campaign to reduce bottled water use, and has performed an audit of campus waste.
Facilities management uses electric golf carts rather than cars, helping to reduce gasoline consumption. The majority of students and many faculty members live within walking and biking distance of campus.
The college makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, and a list of asset allocation, external managers, mutual funds, real estate holdings, hedge fund holdings, private equity holdings, and cash holdings is available at the investment office to all members of the school community. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions only by category is available to the public at the investment office per open records law.
The college aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in on-campus energy and water efficiency projects and renewable energy funds. The college is also exploring investment in community development loan funds.
A member of the college administration determines proxy votes.
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