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Report Card 2011

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Wofford College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Wofford College

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Endowment: $136 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina


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  
C +
The President's Climate Committee Task Force supported a second greenhouse gas inventory and campus energy retrofits, and the class of 2010 established a sustainability fund to support additional projects on campus. The Office of Community Sustainability employs two staff, and the university purchases some Energy Star-qualified equipment.
Wofford completed its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory in 2008 and its second in 2009. Lighting retrofits have been installed, and temperature setbacks have been implemented for energy efficiency.
Dining services purchases some local products, including poultry and baked goods, and all milk purchased for the campus is hormone and antibiotic free. Much of dining services' waste is diverted from landfills, and the college recycles its institutional electronic waste in addition to traditional materials.
The Goodall Environmental Studies Center is built to LEED Certified standards and was renovated from a former textile mill office. The college has installed some dual-flush toilets and low-flow showerheads to reduce campus water consumption.
The Wofford College Go Green and Bonner Scholars student program pushed dining services to agree to a fair wage policy for farm workers. New student orientation features a reduced-waste meal and sustainability presentations, as well as two experiential learning opportunities focused on sustainable agriculture and campus waste reduction. The college helps sponsor ten student residential sustainability advisors.
Wofford sponsored a free bike-sharing program to promote cycling and has worked with local government and nonprofit organizations to increase the number of bike lanes surrounding the campus. The campus fleet includes 12 electric vehicles.
The college makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. 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 provides its investment managers with specific guidelines that determine its proxy votes only on corporate governance issues.
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