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Report Card 2011

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Dartmouth College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Dartmouth College

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Endowment: $3,075 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Hanover, New Hampshire


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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Dartmouth employs two full-time sustainability staff. A faculty and staff committee, the Resource Working Group, leads the school's environmental efforts. All paper used on campus contains postconsumer materials. The college has made sustainability a priority through formal purchasing policies in addition to components of its master plan and strategic plan.
Dartmouth has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. Real-time energy feedback is displayed in student dorms and campus buildings to encourage conservation. A cogeneration facility generates 35 percent of Dartmouth's electricity. The campus also features a solar hot water system, geothermal heat pumps, a photovoltaic array, and a wood pellet biomass boiler system.
The college spends 12 percent of its food budget on local products. Some beef and all shell eggs used on campus are from vegetarian-fed animals, and 90 percent of milk is hormone free. Sustainable fisheries guidelines inform seafood purchases, and only fair trade coffee is served. Dartmouth manages a compost facility and runs waste-reduction programs at the start and end of the year. The school has converted to single-stream recycling and self-service waste disposal.
Dartmouth's green building policy addresses environmental stewardship in building planning, construction, and maintenance. Twelve campus buildings meet green criteria, including the LEED Platinum-certified life science center. To reduce water use, the college installs dual-flush toilets, efficient washing machines, and low-flow fixtures in all new construction.
Student groups focus on food sustainability, climate change education, and organic farming, among other initiatives. Interns work to improve composting and recycling, and to reduce paper and energy use. Eco-reps on every floor engage their peers in environmental efforts. Students may live in the Sustainable Living Center, and many orientation trips include activities relating to organic farming and green living.
The college offers incentives for commuting via environmentally preferable means and provides free public transportation passes to the campus community. Dartmouth plans to create a more pedestrian-friendly campus, with all new construction including showers and covered bike facilities.
The college makes a list of directly held equity holdings available to all members of the school community, and a list of all holdings available to trustees and senior administrators, at the investment office. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level is made available to the public and is accessible online.
The college aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds. Some of the college's investment managers consider environmental and sustainability factors in their decisions.
Students, faculty, administrators, and alumni serve on an advisory committee, which makes proxy voting recommendations to the board.
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