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Report Card 2011

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Kalamazoo College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Kalamazoo College

School details:

Endowment: $140 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan


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  
In 2010, Kalamazoo College released a climate action plan, and the sustainability task force has set goals for water conservation and waste reduction. The college has an Energy Star purchasing policy and exclusively purchases recycled white copy paper. Kalamazoo funds energy efficiency upgrades, both through its operating budget and a modified revolving loan fund model.
Kalamazoo is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent below 2008 levels by 2020. To reduce energy use, the college has installed economizers, energy-efficient lighting, heat recovery systems, variable speed drives, and electric metering in all buildings on campus. Several energy conservation programs are in place, such as energy audits, green IT policies, and appliance trade-in programs. The college purchases 4 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.
Dining services purchases from three local producers and serves exclusively fair trade coffee. The college composts all postconsumer food waste and has instituted a trayless program and a bottled water ban. Kalamazoo also organizes a resource exchange program and an annual summer furniture sale.
Kalamazoo has developed a green building policy mandating specific energy efficiency standards for all new construction and major renovations. The Hicks Student Center is LEED Silver certified, and the Upjohn Library Commons meets LEED criteria. To reduce water use, the college has installed building water metering, efficient laundry technology, low-flow faucets and showerheads, and weather-informed irrigation systems.
Students who wish to live environmentally friendly lifestyles can choose to live in the Sustainability House or the Local Impact House. A Slow Food House is opening in fall 2010. Kalamazoo employs three paid student sustainability interns who work on a variety of green initiatives. The college also hosts a forum addressing sustainability issues at new student orientation. Kalamazoo competes in RecycleMania and has placed in the top five for the past four years. In addition, Farms to K, a student group, organizes two local food challenges, and the EnvOrg student group coordinates numerous environmental initiatives on campus.
A student co-op, HUB, runs a bike-sharing program and offers repair services. Two-thirds of students commuting to campus do so via environmentally preferable means.
Kalamazoo makes a list of all holdings available to the general public per open records law and sends the information upon request.
The college aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds. The college uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
A member of the college administration determines proxy votes.
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