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Report Card 2011

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Franklin and Marshall College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Franklin and Marshall College

School details:

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Endowment: $249 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: No


Please note: This school did not respond to any of the three administrator surveys. The data used for both the profile and grading was compiled from independent research. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology section.  


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  
Franklin and Marshall College has demonstrated a commitment to the environment through a formal sustainability policy and has adopted a climate action plan. A committee and a full-time coordinator work to facilitate sustainability programs. The college purchases a variety of Energy Star- and EPEAT-certified products, and 80 percent of paper products used on campus are made of postconsumer recycled material.
The college has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and set emissions reduction targets. To reduce energy use, F&M has installed T5 lighting, lighting sensors, and has implemented temperature setbacks and energy awareness campaigns. The college also purchases renewable energy credits to offset 33 percent of campus electricity use.
Dining services spends 13 percent of its food budget on local products. To reduce waste, used cooking oil is recycled for biodiesel production; excess food is donated weekly to a local food bank; and all meals are trayless. Discounts are offered for using reusable mugs, and fair trade coffee is available in some campus eateries. An end-of-the-year move-out initiative helps students swap and reuse items. All landscaping and dining hall food waste is composted or mulched.
The college has a green building policy and maintains three buildings that meet LEED criteria. Approximately 75 percent of construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills. All cleaning products used on campus are Green Seal certified. In order to reduce water consumption, the college has installed 50 low-flow aerators. The central plant for the college has been upgraded with more efficient boilers and chillers.
The college participates in RecycleMania, which has led to a 30 percent increase in waste diversion. Sustainability-themed housing is available for students, and the college is home to several environmental student groups. Every freshman coming to campus receives a refillable mug to discourage the use of disposable water bottles.
The college offers a free shuttle service to on- and off-campus destinations. A free bike-sharing program, with more than 90 bicycles, as well as a free bike repair program, is available to students, faculty, and staff.
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, is available online to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. Only asset allocation information is available to the public online, and a list of votes cast on proxy resolutions, only by category, is available at the investment office to the entire school community.
The college aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The college is unable to vote proxies for the majority of the endowment, which is invested in commingled funds. For the remaining 10 percent of investments, the college provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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