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Report Card 2011

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Reed College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Reed College

School details:

Endowment: $311 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Portland, Oregon


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Please note: This school did not respond to any of the three administrator surveys. The data used for both the profile and grading was compiled from independent research. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology section.  


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 +
Reed's sustainability policy emphasizes the incorporation of environmental stewardship into college operations and campus life on a daily basis. The Sustainability Committee oversees the college's sustainability initiatives, and the Green Computing Task Force focuses on the environmental effects of technology on campus. The college considers lifetime cost when making purchasing decisions and gives preference to recycled paper products.
Reed has worked with an outside research and consulting firm to conduct a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. The college uses a computerized energy management system and performs preventive maintenance checks to optimize building performance. Reed has also implemented temperature setbacks, lighting retrofits, and other building upgrades to reduce campus energy use.
Reed spends 30 percent of its annual food budget on local products. The college also sources some items from the student-run organic garden, which began in spring 2009. Reed purchases exclusively cage-free eggs and sustainably harvested seafood as well as hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and dairy products. All dining facilities compost food waste.
All new buildings at Reed must be at least LEED Silver certified. The college currently has four LEE- certified residence halls. To reduce water use, low-flow showerheads and low-volume toilets have been installed. Reed is increasingly using drip irrigation as well as utilizing swales to manage stormwater.
The Homestead House, an environmentally focused living community, allows students to live an eco-friendly lifestyle and work with the Reed Sustainable Food Project Farm. Members of Green Board, Reed’s student environmental organization, work to promote a sustainable campus and annually organize two resource-use reduction competitions.
Public transportation is provided free of charge for members of the Reed community, and carpools receive preferable parking. A student organization runs a bike rental program, and the college partners with, and subsidizes, a car-sharing program. The campus fleet includes electric vehicles, and biodiesel fuel is used in campus maintenance equipment.
The college makes a list of endowment holdings and its shareholder voting record available to all members of the campus community through the investment office.
The college aims to optimize investment returns and does not buy securities to achieve objectives that are non-financial.
The college does not typically vote proxies unless an investment will be impacted directly, acting on non-economic questions only when there is no significant divergence of opinion perceptible among college constituencies or members.
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