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Report Card 2011

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Skidmore College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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B+
Skidmore College

School details:

  Grade higher than last year

 

Endowment: $271 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Saratoga Springs, New York

 

Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: No

 

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 +
Skidmore College is committed to sustainability through a formal policy and plan. The Campus Environment Committee, the Office of Campus Sustainability, and cabinet members work to implement sustainability programs on campus. Skidmore purchases some Energy Star items, environmentally preferable paper products, and computers that meet EPEAT standards. Skidmore also partners with other councils, and with institutions in the region, on sustainability issues.
The college has installed energy efficiency technologies such as economizers and lighting sensors. Energy conservation is encouraged through audits, energy monitoring displays, energy reduction competitions, and other programs. Thirteen buildings on campus use energy generated from geothermal heating and cooling systems.
Skidmore buys items such as produce, milk, and meat from local farms, and sources vegetables and herbs from an on-campus student garden. Organic items such as eggs and cereals are served, as are some cage-free eggs and hormone-and antibiotic-free dairy products. Seafood is purchased according to sustainability guidelines, and fair trade coffee is available across campus. Skidmore offers discounts for the use of a reusable mug, and all meals are trayless. Electronics are recycled in addition to traditional materials.
Skidmore has established sustainability guidelines for all new construction, and one building on campus meets LEED criteria. The college has repurposed three existing spaces for alternative use. Water conservation technologies installed on campus include low-flow faucets and showerheads, and a small rain garden and retention ponds are used to manage stormwater.
New students learn about sustainability through presentations at orientation, and Skidmore offers several sustainability internships and eco-rep positions to students. Two annual competitions encourage students to conserve energy and reduce waste.
The campus is small, mostly residential, and well suited for pedestrian travel. Skidmore offers ride-matching services to employees, as well as free access to local transportation to all campus community members. A bike-sharing program was started in 2007.
The college makes a list of all holdings, as well as a list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, available at the investment office to all members of the school community.
The college aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds, community development loan funds, and on-campus energy and/or water efficiency projects. The college also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors, and donors can request that gifts be directed into sustainable and socially responsible investment options.
A member of the college administration determines proxy votes.
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