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Report Card 2011

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Ithaca College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Ithaca College

School details:

Endowment: $186 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Ithaca, New York


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 +
Ithaca College's comprehensive environmental policy, adopted by the president in 2001, addresses purchasing, waste minimization, campus planning, energy efficiency, and water conservation. The college created the Sustainability at Ithaca program in 2009 and employs two full-time sustainability staff and an energy manager.
Ithaca aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Numerous energy efficiency measures have been implemented, including temperature setbacks, energy management systems, and gas-fired hydronic heating systems. The Peggy R. Williams Center has geothermal wells to aid in heating and cooling. The college purchases 14 percent of its electricity from renewable sources and offsets 3 percent of its energy use with renewable energy credits.
One dining hall at Ithaca features a Fresh Food Market station, serving organic and locally grown foods. Coffee served on campus is exclusively fair trade. In addition, the Spot It program gives coupons for free coffee to students who are seen using a reusable mug. Ithaca also composts at every meal and diverts 40 percent of its waste from landfills.
All new construction and major renovations will strive to meet LEED Silver standards, and there is currently one LEED Platnium-certified building on campus and four Energy Star-labeled buildings. Ithaca has installed numerous water-conserving technologies, including efficient laundry machines and low-flow faucets and showerheads. The campus also features green roofs and porous pavement.
Ithaca employs 25 eco-reps and 5 sustainability interns, and students can choose to live in the Sustainably Conscious Learning Community. The student government has worked to increase public transportation options; SWIFT conducts a weekly food salvage program in the dining halls; the IC Organic Growers maintain a student-run garden; and the Business Sustainability Ambassadors foster sustainable enterprises.
Students may buy discounted bus passes and may also participate in a local car-sharing program. Faculty and staff bus passes are completely subsidized, and some full-time employees are offered the option of telecommuting or working a condensed week.
The college makes a list of all holdings available at the investment office to the campus community. The college does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds or commingled funds public.
The college aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds. The college's investment policy reserves the right of the investment committee to restrict investments for any reason, which could include environmental and sustainability factors.
The college is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual or commingled funds.
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