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Report Card 2011

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Scripps College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Scripps College

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Endowment: $234 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Claremont, 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 -
Scripps College has a formal sustainability policy and has incorporated sustainability into the campus master plan. Two committees oversee environmental initiatives, including Scripps Green, which recently implemented a pilot composting initiative and bicycle program. The grounds director champions campus sustainability efforts and chairs the Scripps Green Committee. A purchasing policy mandates the procurement of green cleaning products, and the college purchases only Energy Star-qualified refrigerators and stoves.
The college is currently in the process of completing its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory. Scripps has installed energy management systems in 90 percent of buildings and conducts individual energy audits to monitor energy consumption. Economizers, lighting sensors, and energy-efficient lighting fixtures have also been installed to reduce energy use.
Scripps spends 20 percent of its dining budget on local vegetables, fruit, milk, and beverages, and the college sources herbs from an on-campus garden. Exclusively hormone- and antibiotic-free milk is served, and 19 vegan meals are offered each week. All dining locations are trayless; preconsumer food scraps are composted at 70 percent of meals; and used fryer oil is recycled for biodiesel production. The campus recycles all traditional materials as well as some electronics. A furniture recycling program and a student thrift store salvage unwanted goods.
Scripps College has two buildings that meet LEED standards, and since 2000, the college has repurposed 116,000 square feet of existing building space for alternative use. Low-flow faucets and showerheads have been installed on campus. The college uses weather-informed central irrigation systems and has installed porous aggregate to increase recharging of ground water.
New students participate in a zero-waste meal prior to the start of classes. The college offers a paid sustainability internship each year and works with 35 paid eco-reps to raise environmental awareness. Scripps Green Students, one of a few sustainability-related student groups, meets biweekly and has worked on a variety of initiatives.
The college’s vehicle fleet includes 18 electric vehicles. During the 2009-2010 school year, Scripps instituted a bike-sharing program that is free to students, faculty, and staff. Employees receive financial incentives for commuting via environmentally preferable methods. Vehicular access and parking is and will remain on the periphery of the campus.
The college makes a list of all holdings available to trustees and senior administrators. The college does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The college aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The college asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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