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Report Card 2010

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Colorado College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Colorado College

School details:

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  Campus Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $402 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Enrollment: 2,002

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.

Overall grade  
B +
The Campus Sustainability Council has developed a sustainability plan that outlines goals and strategies for greenhouse gas emissions reduction, energy and water conservation, green building and landscaping practices, and food and waste management. Two full-time staff work in the Office of Sustainability. All major purchasing decisions consider the college's commitment to environmental stewardship.
Colorado College is striving to reduce emissions by 5 percent each year, with an overall goal of carbon neutrality by 2020. A 22-kilowatt solar array powers one of the campus language houses, and in 2009 the college purchased 4.6 percent of electricity from wind power.
Through a Farm to Fork program, the college purchases 36 percent of food locally. All meat and most dairy purchases are hormone- and antibiotic- free, and meat is confinement-free. Seafood is purchased in accordance with sustainability guidelines. All coffee and some chocolate purchased is fair trade-certified. Composting programs are run in more than half of locations, and 50 percent of recyclables are diverted from landfills through the new single-stream recycling program.
The campus has two buildings that are LEED-NC-certified and has renovated one building to meet LEED-EB standards. Faucets and showerheads in half of maintained spaces have been retrofitted with low-flow models. Low-flow toilets and waterless urinals have also been installed.
EnAct, an active student group, helped run a conservation campaign in 2009, resulting in a 10 to 20 percent reduction in energy and water usage and a 30 percent increase in waste diversion. Students run a community garden, and Synergy House is a sustainability-themed residential community.
There is a bike-sharing program on campus, and repair services are available free of charge at the student-run Bike Co-op. Seventy percent of the college population commutes to campus via foot, bike, public transportation, or carpool. The vehicle fleet include three hybrid cars, an electric truck, and four biodiesel buses.
A list of all holdings, as well as a list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, is made available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. Information about proxy voting is sent to individuals upon request, and a list of all endowment holdings is available on a password-protected website.
The college aims to optimize investment return and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds. The endowment is also exploring, but not currently invested in, on-campus sustainability projects.
Students, faculty, and alumni serve on an advisory committee, which makes proxy voting recommendations to the board.
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