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Report Card 2011

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Kenyon College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Kenyon College

School details:

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Endowment: $151 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Gambier, Ohio


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: No

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 +
Kenyon College created a sustainability office in 2010 and employs a sustainability director as well as a full-time food service sustainability director to handle local food initiatives. The college's sustainability mission has been endorsed by senior staff, and a green purchasing policy mandates procurement of Energy Star-qualified appliances and electronics. Kenyon also incorporates sustainability issues into new employee orientation and organizes a departmental sustainability liaison program.
To reduce energy use, Kenyon has retrofitted campus buildings with energy management systems, economizers, heat recovery systems, and energy-efficient lighting. The college has also instituted temperature setbacks and facilitates many programs to encourage members of the campus community to reduce energy use, including energy audits and departmental competitions. The school also generates solar energy on campus and purchases 30 percent of its energy from renewable sources.
Kenyon spends about 30 percent of its annual food budget on local products from 55 farms and businesses. The college purchases confinement-free, vegetarian-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free animal products, and only fair trade coffee is served on campus. The college recycles electronics in addition to traditional materials, and composts 100 percent of food scraps and landscaping waste.
All new construction at Kenyon must achieve LEED Silver certification, and the college is in the process of completing its first LEED Silver project. Several technologies aimed at reducing water use have been installed on campus, including building water metering, low-flow faucets and showerheads, and weather-informed irrigation. The campus also manages stormwater through the use of porous pavement, retention ponds, vegetated swales, and rain gardens.
Kenyon has a residential community at the Brown Family Environmental Center for four student workers. At orientation, students receive a green guide and tour the sustainable features of campus. The college also hosts several annual challenges, including the Residential Hall Energy Competition, the Trash on the Lawn demonstration to encourage recycling, and the Go Trayless week. The ECO student group assists in coordinating these competitions and is also cosponsoring the first student-run campus farm.
The Kenyon campus has been designed to restrict vehicles from many areas. Bike shelters are also provided throughout the campus. The college operates a free shuttle for students and offers a condensed work week for employees during the summer.
Kenyon College has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record.
The college aims to optimize investment returns and has not made any public statements about investigating or investing in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
Kenyon has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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