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Report Card 2011

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Harvey Mudd College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Harvey Mudd College

School details:

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Endowment: $225 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Claremont, California


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 +
Harvey Mudd College is committed to sustainability through a formal policy signed by the president. A sustainability committee has appointed an official sustainability coordinator, finalized a greenhouse gas emissions audit, and implemented environmentally friendly transportation policies. The college purchases a large variety of Energy Star products, including appliances, lighting, fans, and computers, as well as paper products made from postconsumer recycled materials.
The college has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. A variety of measures have been taken to conserve energy, including implementing temperature setbacks and installing economizers, energy management systems, lighting sensors, electric metering, T5 and T8 lighting, temperature control timers, and energy monitoring displays for buildings.
Dining services spends 22 percent of its food budget on local products, and all milk served on campus is hormone and antibiotic free. To reduce waste, dining halls provide free, reusable to-go containers to all students, and all meals are trayless. In addition, cooking oil is recycled for biodiesel production, and bottled water has been removed from dining facilities on campus.
All new buildings on campus must meet LEED Silver criteria, and the campus currently includes two LEED-certified buildings. In order to reduce water use, the college has implemented several conservation measures, including building water metering, low-flow faucets and showerheads, and waterless urinals. Half of all construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills.
A student organization on campus works to promote sustainable engineering both on campus and internationally. The college employs eight eco-reps, and environmental themes are incorporated into orientation. An annual dorm energy conservation competition recently resulted in a 16 percent decrease in energy use.
A bike-sharing program and bike repair services are available to the school community at no cost. The college also partners with a car-sharing program and offers incentives for carpooling. A free shuttle runs to local off-campus destinations, and local public transportation is subsidized for faculty and staff. Nearly all of the college's vehicle fleet is 100 percent electric.
The college makes a list of all holdings available at the investment office to all members of the school community, but makes only asset allocation information available to the public. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level is available at the investment office to the public.
The college aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The college asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting, and, in select cases, a subcommittee of the board of trustees deliberates and makes recommendations on proxy votes.
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