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Report Card 2010

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Berry College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Berry College

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Endowment: $566 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Mount Berry, Georgia

Enrollment: 1,922

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


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

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In 2009, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety became the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Compliance, with a full-time director. A 20-member sustainability committee works on the school’s climate action plan, recycling promotion, and student involvement in sustainability. The college purchases Energy Star appliances, recycled paper, green cleaning products, and EPEAT-registered computers.
Berry completed its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory and has committed to carbon neutrality in the long term. The college has retrofitted the HVAC systems in eight campus buildings and installed double-paned windows in two buildings.
Dining services spends over 15 percent of its food budget on local foods, including produce from the school’s organic garden. Trayless dining began in spring 2008, reducing food waste by about 30 percent and water consumption by 140,000 gallons per year. Berry has a comprehensive recycling program that includes electronics, and dining services has eliminated the use of polystyrene. In addition, all yard waste is composted.
LEED certification of Morgan and Deerfield residence halls is pending. Half of campus building space is outfitted with low-flow faucets, and several buildings have low-flow showerheads and low-water washers, as well as motion sensor lights and thermostats.
The Office of Sustainability employs ten paid student interns. The student government’s Green Committee has worked with a student environmental group, SAVE, to establish Green Week, which features a lightbulb swap and recycling education. Students also run a vegetable garden that provides produce and herbs to the college and the local community.
Berry partners with the Clean Air Campaign to offer financial rewards to faculty and staff who use alternative methods of transportation. A shuttle is available for transportation around campus. The school’s vehicle fleet includes six electric golf carts for on-campus use.
The college makes a list of mutual funds, equity holdings, and fixed-income holdings available to the public at the investment office. A list of all holdings is available at the investment office to trustees, senior administrators, and select members of the school community. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is available to the public at the investment office.
The college aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
A committee composed of three administrators and four trustees deliberates and makes decisions on proxy votes. Three of the trustees are Berry College alumni.
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