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Report Card 2011

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Spelman College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Spelman College

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Endowment: $285 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Atlanta, Georgia


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: No

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.

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Spelman College's strategic plan includes sustainability goals. The Sustainable Spelman Committee, which reports to the president and includes students, staff, and faculty, recently wrote an energy policy and has also worked to expand recycling. The college’s green purchasing policy is currently under development, and an energy management policy mandates that all possible purchases must be Energy Star qualified.
The college has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, plans to reduce its carbon footprint, and uses compact fluorescent bulbs. The energy management policy, written by the Sustainable Spelman Committee, was endorsed by the senior leadership and implemented in February 2008.
Spelman spends over 10 percent of its food budget on local products, including produce and milk, and buys organic products such as poultry and sauces. Some cage-free eggs and hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken are purchased for the campus. Fair trade coffee and tea are available in all dining locations. All cafeterias are trayless, and used cooking oil is recycled for biodiesel production. The campus recycles traditional materials as well as some electronics, and all landscaping waste is composted or mulched.
The Suites residence complex, opened in August 2008, achieved LEED Silver certification. Spelman plans to renovate six other residence halls to achieve LEED certification.
The college employs two student interns who focus on recycling. Students play an active role in addressing environmental stewardship through the Environmental Task Force and Sustainable Spelman groups.
Spelman subsidizes the cost of public transportation for members of the school community. Parking is limited to the periphery of campus in order to promote a bike- and pedestrian-friendly atmosphere.
The college makes neither its proxy voting record nor its list of endowment holdings public. This information is only available to trustees and senior administrators.
The college aims to optimize investment returns and has not made any public statements about investing the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The college asks that its investment officers handle the details of proxy voting.
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