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Report Card 2011

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Goucher College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Goucher College

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Endowment: $170 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Baltimore, Maryland


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  
A -
Goucher College's Environmental Sustainability Advisory Council addresses a variety of issues across campus, including recently completing a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, and will draft a climate action plan in the upcoming school year. More than 90 percent of appliances, computers, heating and cooling devices, and plumbing fixtures purchased for the campus are Energy Star qualified. All paper products purchased are environmentally preferable.
The college has reduced building energy consumption by 14 percent since 2005. Energy-saving measures employed on campus include temperature setbacks, energy management systems, efficient lighting, HVAC system upgrades, steam line insulation, and vending machine sensors. Goucher also purchases renewable energy credits to offset 25 percent of its energy use.
Dining services spends a quarter of its food budget on local products. Cage-free eggs are used throughout the dining halls, and all beef, milk, chicken, pork, and turkey served on campus is hormone and antibiotic free. A variety of seafood purchased meets sustainable fisheries standards, and fair trade coffee is served. To reduce waste, pre and postconsumer food scraps are composted at all meals, and all dining facilities are trayless. Used cooking oil is recycled for biodiesel, and all bottled water has been removed from dining locations.
The college's green building policy requires all new buildings and major renovations to achieve at least LEED Silver certification. The campus includes one LEED Gold building and four buildings that meet LEED criteria. Goucher has reduced water use by 36 percent since 2005 through a variety of measures, including the use of advanced laundry technology and low-flow showerheads in all buildings.
Students may opt to reside in Goucher's Green House, and sustainability is incorporated into new student orientation through presentations and distribution of a green guide. A low carbon diet competition reduced food waste by 18 percent over a 12-week period. Fifteen volunteer interns work on campus sustainability, and student groups have implemented initiatives such as campus gardening and a bike-sharing program.
Participants in Gopher-A-Ride Together, Goucher's carpooling promotion initiative, receive preferential parking. A shuttle service takes students to local destinations, and a bike-sharing program allows students to use bikes for a small fee. The college also partners with a car-sharing program.
The college makes a list of all holdings available at the investment office to the public. 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 entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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