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Report Card 2011

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Claremont McKenna College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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B
Claremont McKenna College

School details:

  Grade higher than last year

 

Endowment: $400 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Claremont, California

 

Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: No

 

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
Claremont McKenna's two sustainability committees have written a climate action plan and have worked on reducing waste in dining halls, encouraging sustainable transportation, and improving the recycling program, among other initiatives. As the procurement policy specifies, all computers and 80 percent of appliances purchased for the campus are Energy Star certified, and 60 percent of office paper and all paper towels include postconsumer recycled content.
Claremont McKenna plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2035. The college has replaced four inefficient chillers with one central plant, and has installed lighting retrofits, energy management systems, and electric metering in the majority of campus buildings. Members of the campus community can trade their inefficient lightbulbs for compact fluorescents.
Dining services spends 24 percent of its budget on local products. All beef, poultry, lamb, and milk served in the dining halls is hormone and antibiotic free, and all seafood is sustainably harvested. To reduce waste, reusable containers are given to students for free, and all meals are trayless. At the end of the semester, all unwanted items are recycled.
The college aims to construct all new buildings to at least LEED Silver standards, and Claremont Hall is LEED Silver certified. Campus water consumption has decreased through use of water metering and weather-informed irrigation, as well as the installation of low-flow faucets in some campus buildings.
Two student groups work to engage their peers and raise environmental awareness. New students are introduced to sustainability through presentations and hands-on activities at orientation. Six paid interns work to improve sustainability on campus. During the most recent dorm energy challenge, students reduced their energy use by 13 percent.
A quarter of employees commute to campus via methods other than single-passenger cars. Subsidies are offered for use of public transportation, and carpoolers are eligible for preferable parking, free tickets, parties, and entry into drawings for cash. A bike-sharing program lends and repairs bikes for free, and the college partners with a car-sharing program.
Detailed information about the college’s investment holdings are made available in various forms to trustees, senior administrators, student investment analysts, and other select members of the school community. Information about investment objectives, asset allocation, and historical performance is available on the school website. The college does not make the shareholder voting record of its commingled funds public.
The college aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds. The college also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The college is unable to vote proxies, as the endowment is substantially invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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