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Report Card 2011

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Simmons College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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C-
Simmons College

School details:

  Grade lower than last year

 

Endowment: $144 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

 

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 -
The Simmons Sustainability Committee and Climate Change Committee meet to discuss and advise the college on campus environmental initiatives. Simmons purchases green products whenever possible, and many laundry machines and computers meet Energy Star standards. The college has also begun to buy paper towels, stationary, and toilet paper made from recycled content.
Simmons has performed systems audits for energy efficiency and has installed energy conservation technologies such as lighting sensors and compact fluorescent lightbulbs in many campus buildings. The college purchased more than 400,000 kilowatt-hours in renewable energy credits in 2009.
Simmons spends 20 percent of its annual food budget on local products, including seafood, produce, dairy, and bread. All milk served on campus is hormone and antibiotic free, and fair trade coffee is offered in two cafes. To reduce waste, the college provides a discount for those who use their own mugs. A recycling program is available for traditional and electronic materials.
The new School of Management and Academic Building is a 66,000-square-foot structure that meets LEED Gold standards. Motion sensors for lighting have been installed in seven buildings to conserve energy. Low-flow faucets have been installed in five buildings. The college strives to implement green building and maintenance practices when possible.
Volunteer sustainability representatives in each residence hall promote environmental stewardship. Students run four organizations devoted to sustainability, including Sustain Our Simmons, which has increased recycling and composting on campus. The Simmons chapter of Net Impact has addressed issues such as green building and socially responsible investing. The school community participates in the RecycleMania competition every year.
Employees who carpool to work are eligible for a 66 percent discount on parking costs, and the college offers a subsidy for commuting via public transportation. There is a car-sharing program on campus, and Simmons provides shuttle service to local destinations. Simmons' urban campus is pedestrian friendly and is located near several subway stations for city transit.
The college makes a list of all holdings, as well as a list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. Only asset allocation information is made available to the general public. Information is available online and at the investment office.
The college aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in on-campus energy and/or water efficiency projects and renewable energy funds.
The college provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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