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Report Card 2011

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Rollins College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Rollins College

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Endowment: $306 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Winter Park, Florida


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 +
The director of facilities management serves as chief sustainability officer, and Rollins College's Committee on Environmental and Sustainability Issues meets monthly to oversee environmental initiatives on campus. A green purchasing policy requires all new appliances to be Energy Star certified, and the majority of paper used on campus contains 100 percent postconsumer recycled content.
Rollins is currently conducting its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory. The college has installed a 2-kilowatt solar panel on campus and a solar thermal hot water system. Energy conservation measures utilized on campus include temperature setbacks, thermal insulation under roofs, energy management systems, and lighting sensors. Efficient lighting fixtures have been installed in 95 percent of buildings.
Rollins spends 55 percent of its food budget on local items. The college purchases hormone- and antibiotic-free milk, chicken, and beef as well as some confinement-free poultry items. Sustainable fisheries guidelines inform seafood purchases, and vegan options are offered at each meal. Traditional materials and electronics are collected for recycling, and excess food is donated to a local food bank.
Rollins' Ward Hall meets LEED Certified criteria, and Rex Beach Hall meets LEED Silver criteria. Since 2000, Rollins has completed 20 projects to repurpose existing space for alternative use. To reduce water consumption, low-flow showerheads and faucets, waterless urinals, weather-informed irrigation, and xeriscaping technologies are utilized on campus. Porous pavement, retention ponds, and stone and vegetated swales are used to prevent stormwater runoff.
Members of Eco Rollins and Sustainability Program have worked with the Committee on Environmental and Sustainability Issues since its inception. These two groups have also successfully worked with the campus facilities department to have submetering installed on all buildings. The college employs eight student interns each year to work on campus recycling efforts.
Twenty percent of students commute to campus via environmentally preferable methods. The college's master plan includes efforts to make the campus more pedestrian friendly, and cars are prohibited from the campus core. The campus fleet includes hybrid and electric vehicles, and in 2009, Rollins began a bike-sharing program.
The university makes a list of all holdings accessible to the public on its website per open records law. The college does not make the shareholder voting record of its commingled funds public.
The college aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in community development loan funds and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds.
The college is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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