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Report Card 2011

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Occidental College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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B-
Courtesy of Occidental College

School details:

  Grade higher than last year

 

Endowment: $313 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Los Angeles, California

 

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 -
Occidental College's board of trustees recently approved the installation of a 1-megawatt solar array on campus. The sustainability committee has addressed programs related to energy, transportation, and food, and two staff members in facilities services and dining services work part time on sustainability initiatives. The college regularly purchases Energy Star-qualified appliances and computers, environmentally preferable paper, and green cleaning products.
The college has reduced building energy consumption since 2005 through energy conservation measures such as HVAC system upgrades, energy-efficient lighting upgrades, and the installation of variable speed drives. Energy management systems, temperature control timers, and steam line insulation have been installed in most campus buildings.
Dining services purchases locally sourced and organic food items as well as free-range chicken, confinement-free beef, and antibiotic- and hormone-free dairy products. Biodegradable dishware and take-out containers are available at campus dining locations, and students receive discounts for using reusable mugs and to-go containers. The college recycles electronics in addition to traditional materials.
All new construction and major renovations must meet at least LEED Silver standards. Rangeview Residence Hall meets LEED-EB certification criteria but is not currently certified. The college has reduced per capita water consumption since 2005 and has installed water conservation technologies such as low-flow faucets and showerheads, dual-flush toilets, and weather-informed irrigation.
Sustainability House, a residential community housing eight students, only purchases food from farmers markets or other local stores, and monitors its electricity and water use. The student group FEAST runs an on-campus organic farm. The college offers a paid student internship focused on sustainability.
The student government runs the Bengal Bus program, which uses college vans to take students to off-campus destinations. The college recently implemented bike rental and car-sharing programs and offers preferable parking to carpoolers. The campus fleet includes 3 hybrids and 24 electric vehicles.
The college makes a list of asset allocation and cash holdings available on the school website to all members of the school community, including faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The college does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The college aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds. The college is also exploring investment in on-campus water and energy efficiency projects.
The college asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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