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Report Card 2011

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Hendrix College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Hendrix College

School details:

Endowment: $165 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Conway, Arkansas


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  
C +
Hendrix College has developed a formal sustainability policy. An administrative sustainability committee has worked on a number of initiatives, including hosting two sustainability forums, promoting an on campus garden, and facilitating move-out waste diversion. The college purchases a large portion of Energy Star-approved products.
The college has implemented a variety of energy efficiency measures, such as temperature setbacks, HVAC system upgrades, and energy management systems, and has installed advanced technologies, including heat recovery systems, LED lighting, lighting sensors, and temperature control timers. To encourage campus community members to reduce energy use, Hendrix runs energy awareness campaigns, has installed energy monitoring displays, and promotes green IT policies.
Dining services spends 15 percent of its food budget on local products, including milk, meat, and baked goods. In order to reduce waste, used cooking oil is recycled for biodiesel production; excess food is donated to a food bank; and postconsumer food scraps are composted at some meals. Fair trade coffee is available on campus.
The college currently maintains one LEED Gold building and one building that meets LEED criteria. Eighty percent of construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills. In order to reduce water consumption, the college has installed dual-flush toilets, advanced laundry technology, building water metering, low-flow faucets and showerheads, and waterless urinals.
Environmental student groups at Hendrix have worked on a variety of initiatives, including advocating for a sustainability coordinator, climate legislation, and increased bicycle use, as well as hosting film screenings, bringing speakers to campus, sponsoring dorm energy competitions, and facilitating tours of a local recycling facility. The Environmental Concerns Committee of the student senate works closely with the Sustainability Committee to implement campus programs. Students may live in the EcoHouse, and sustainability is incorporated into orientation.
The college offers incentives to the school community for carpooling and runs a free bike-sharing and bike repair program.
The college does not make information about endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record public.
The college aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring endowment investment in campus energy and water efficiency projects, community development loan funds, and renewable energy funds.
The college asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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