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Report Card 2008

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Bryn Mawr College
College Sustainability Report Card 2008

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Bryn Mawr College

School details:

Endowment: $660 million as of June 30, 2007

Location: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania


Campus Survey: Yes

Dining Survey: Yes

Endowment Survey: Yes


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

Overall grade  
C +
President Vickers has signed the Presidents Climate Commitment. In spring 2007, students passed an alternative energy plenary resolution, which has been received and supported by the administration. The resolution is a step toward developing an environmental stewardship position statement. The college also has a Green Plan that details principles for making environmentally sustainable decisions.
Bryn Mawr has completed several projects designed to decrease energy consumption across campus, including the replacement of lighting with more efficient fluorescent fixtures and the replacement of all exit lights with LED units. All new appliances and mechanical equipment have the highest possible energy efficiency ratings. The college is working to produce an alternative energy demonstration on campus this year with both wind and solar options under consideration.
Dining services purchases from three local producers, including a local dairy. Various organic items, such as produce, milk, and bread, are served. Exclusively fair-trade coffee is available on campus. Biodegradable containers are used for take-out service and beverages are free or discounted with a reusable cup or mug. The college runs a standard recycling program and composts grounds waste, but not food scraps.
While it is not the direct objective of Bryn Mawr to obtain LEED certification, it is the school’s intent to maximize possible LEED points, administer construction with an eye toward sustainable practices, and create sustainable facilities.
Bryn Mawr has begun incorporating alternative fuels and technologies into its public transport and its fleet. A 42-passenger bus and a 15-passenger mini-bus run on compressed natural gas and the public safety fleet will soon include two hybrid vehicles.
The college makes its proxy voting record and a list of endowment holdings available to the college community. This information is available at the college investment office.
The college aims to optimize investment return and has not made any public statements about investigating or investing in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The college provides its investment managers with guidelines to determine proxy votes.
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