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Report Card 2007

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Lafayette College
College Sustainability Report Card 2007

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Lafayette College

School details:

Endowment: $648 million as of June 30, 2006

Location: Easton, Pennsylvania


Campus Survey: Yes

Endowment Survey: Yes


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
D +
The College's student-run Lafayette Environmental Awareness and Protection (LEAP) group uses an operating budget to fund sustainability initiatives and research, and works with members of the administration to manage campus recycling efforts and energy conservation issues.
The College has a team of faculty and students working on a project to potentially devote the College's 200-acre farm to the production of crops for campus biofuel use in the steam plant. Three acres are already being used for this purpose.
The College's student-run LEAP group manages the recycling program and has expanded its efforts to include ink cartridges and other items.
The College does not have a green building policy, nor does it have any buildings certified or registered under the LEED program.
The University has not had a request for its proxy voting record. Its list of endowment holdings is generally made available to trustees and senior administrators, but also to other campus constituencies as needed.
The investment committee of the board of trustees investigates all asset classes as they become attractive, followed by investment if appropriate. It is unclear whether the College is currently invested in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The College votes with management on shareholder proxies and has the custodian bank handle the details of proxy voting.
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