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Report Card 2008

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Lafayette College
College Sustainability Report Card 2008

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Lafayette College

School details:

  Grade lower than last year


Endowment: $780 million as of June 30, 2007

Location: Easton, 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  
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.
A team of faculty and students is researching the feasibility of devoting the college’s 200-acre farm to the production of crops for use as biofuel in the campus’s steam plant. Three acres are already being used for this purpose.
The college’s produce supplier purchases from within 75 miles of its distribution center. Fair-trade coffee is available throughout campus and biodegradable to-go materials are used. A dining services representative recently joined a campus sustainability committee. The college’s student-run LEAP group manages the recycling program and has expanded its efforts to include ink cartridges and other items. There is no composting; however, there is a program being implemented to convert oil to biodiesel.
The college has no known green buildings or a green building policy.
The college has not made public any programs or practices that encourage or facilitate the use of alternative forms of transportation.
The college has never 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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