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Report Card 2008

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Colgate University
College Sustainability Report Card 2008

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Colgate University

School details:

Endowment: $557 million as of June 30, 2006

Location: Hamilton, New York


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: Yes

Endowment Survey: No


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

Overall grade  
D +
The Green Print is a strategic plan of initiatives that addresses sustainability, and there is a green purchasing policy in place. Students for Environmental Action works on various sustainability-related projects.
Colgate signed an agreement with Clean Air-Cool Planet in 2004, agreeing to complete a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, raise awareness about the importance of addressing climate change within the campus community, adopt an emissions target, and develop a plan to reach that target. A biomass facility offsets the need for oil burning. All electricity is hydroelectric and any additional electricity is nuclear.
Dairy is purchased from a local company located in Syracuse. Dining services purchases bagels and specialty breads from a local bakery that converts used cooking oil into biodiesel. Fair-trade coffee is offered in all locations and students receive a discount for bringing a mug. Reusable dishware is used in dining locations and biodegradable materials are used in retail locations.
Colgate is pursuing LEED certification for the library/IT renovation project and energy-efficient windows have been placed in most buildings, but the university has no known green building policy.
Campus shuttle buses are equipped with EPA-approved, low-emission, diesel engines and some of the fleet runs on biodiesel. The Green Bikes program rents bikes to students.
The university has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record. Therefore, there is no known ability to access this information.
The university 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 university has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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