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Report Card 2011

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Haverford College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Haverford College

School details:

Endowment: $356 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Haverford, 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 +
Haverford College is committed to sustainability through a formal policy. Two sustainability committees have worked on a range of initiatives, including the development of an environmental studies major, creation of a student sustainability officer position, and various energy and waste reducing measures. The college employs an office sustainability coordinator, and 40 percent of paper used on campus is made from postconsumer recycled fiber.
To reduce energy use, Haverford has implemented temperature setbacks and HVAC system upgrades, and has installed technologies such as energy management systems, LED lighting and other efficient lighting fixtures, lighting sensors, vending machine sensors, and steam line insulation. The college also runs an awareness campaign to encourage the campus community to reduce personal energy consumption.
Dining services spends 32 percent of its food budget on local products. Half of all eggs used on campus are cage free, and all coffee served is fair trade. In order to reduce waste, preconsumer food scraps are composted at all meals, and all dining halls are trayless. In addition, bottled water has been eliminated from dining facilities, and used cooking oil is recycled for biodiesel production.
Haverford has one LEED Silver building and has implemented several water-conserving measures in their buildings such as low-flow faucets and showerheads. Several strategies are used to manage stormwater, including vegetated roofs and retention ponds.
Students in the environmental group on campus are working to create a fund to help offset staff travel; they also secured funding for a compost machine for the dining halls, reduced pesticide use on landscaping, and created an on-campus garden. The college employs two paid sustainability interns, and sustainability-themed housing is available. Students are also introduced to sustainability during orientation.
The vast majority of students live on campus and travel by foot or bicycle. Local public transportation is subsidized for staff and faculty, and a shuttle service provides transportation to local, off-campus destinations. Free bike repair is also available for students.
The university makes a list of all holdings available upon request to all members of the school community. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is accessible online to the 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 for most of the endowment, which is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. For applicable investments, an advisory committee including students, faculty, alumni, and trustees makes proxy voting and shareholder resolution recommendations to the board of trustees.
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