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Report Card 2009

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Ithaca College
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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Ithaca College

School details:

Endowment: $234 million as of June 30, 2007

Location: Ithaca, New York

Enrollment: 6,337

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: Yes


Data compiled from independent research and survey responses from schools. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology  section.

Overall grade  
B -
President Williams signed the Presidents Climate Commitment and the college is a signatory to the Talloires Declaration. Ithaca College has two full-time staff whose job duties include coordinating campus sustainability initiatives. The college has had an environmental policy since 2001 and has recently updated it with sections on green purchasing and LEED construction standards.
Two mobile solar trailers are used as power sources at special events. Ithaca’s board of trustees approved a feasibility study regarding installation of a 1.6-kilowatt wind turbine on the campus. The college has committed to purchasing energy from renewable sources to power its two LEED Platinum buildings. Three student researchers, with support from the college, completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the years 2001-2007. Also, the Resource and Environmental Management Program student REPS maintain an on-going program within the residence halls of peer-to-peer education to reduce energy and resource waste.
Dining services offers some local, organic, and fair trade items. All to-go serviceware is compostable or recyclable and has been integrated into all catered events. The college maintains a food waste composting program in all dining halls. There is an active office furniture reuse and on-site residence hall furniture refurbishing program.
All new facilities and major renovations will incorporate sustainable practices and will strive to meet LEED Silver requirements, or their equivalent, at a minimum. The college is in the process of obtaining LEED Platinum ratings on two current construction projects, the Ithaca College Gateway Building and the Park Center of Business and Sustainable Enterprise.
Sustainability issues are included in new student orientation and there is administrative support for the wide variety of student environmental groups on campus. Students maintain an ongoing program within the residence halls of peer-to-peer education to reduce energy and resource waste.
The college's environmental plan includes responsible campus design and planning, including facilitation of pedestrian and bicycle travel. The college provides discounted transit passes for students and free passes for all employees. Ithaca sponsors a car-share program on campus.
The college makes a list of endowment holdings available to the school community and the public, upon request, at the campus financial services office. Ithaca does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The college aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The college asks its investment managers to handle the details of proxy voting.
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