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Report Card 2011

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Gettysburg College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Gettysburg College

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Endowment: $221 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Gettysburg, 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 +
Gettysburg College has a formal sustainability policy signed by the president and a multi-stakeholder sustainability advisory committee. The college's green purchasing policy requires procurement of efficient appliances and electronics, environmentally preferable paper products, and green cleaning products. Energy Star-rated appliances and EPEAT-certified electronics are used widely across campus.
The college has reduced greenhouse gas emissions 8 percent from 2006 levels. To reduce energy use, the college has implemented temperature setbacks and installed economizers, energy management systems, electric metering, temperature control timers, and high-efficiency lighting.
Dining services at Gettysburg spends 20 percent of its food budget on local items. The college also buys organic fruit, vegetables, grains, and granola. In order to reduce waste, a majority of preconsumer food scraps are composted, and the Campus Kitchen project coordinates the donation of excess food to local soup kitchens. All campus landscaping waste is composted or mulched.
The college has repurposed seven buildings for alternative use and has installed various water conservation technologies, including efficient laundry machines, building water metering, and low-flow faucets and showerheads. Stormwater management technologies, such as living roofs and retention ponds, are also used on campus.
Student groups at Gettysburg are involved in on-campus gardening, donating produce to the dining hall, engaging in community-based environmental service projects, and hosting environmental film nights. The college hires three interns to work on sustainability programs and coordinates an eco-reps program. Sustainability-themed housing is available for students, and new student orientation includes a presentation about sustainability.
Nearly 80 percent of the student body commutes to campus on foot, and only 26 percent of employees commute via single occupancy vehicle. Preferential parking is offered to carpoolers, and free local shuttle services are provided by the college.
The college makes a list of all holdings available at the investment office to all members of the school community, including faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The college does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The college aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in community development loan funds and renewable energy funds. The college also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The college provides investment managers with general guidelines to determine proxy votes. In addition, a committee including eight voting alumni trustees, one non-voting student, one non-voting faculty member, and two non-voting staff members makes recommendations on proxy votes.
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