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Report Card 2010

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Davidson College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Davidson College

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Endowment: $505 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Davidson, North Carolina

Enrollment: 1,668

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 +
Davidson employs one full-time staff member in the Office of Sustainability, and a sustainability council and sustainability task force address issues of sustainability. The college purchases only Energy Star-qualified products; all paper is made from at least 50 percent postconsumer recycled content; and half of cleaning supplies are Green Seal-certified.
The Chill Out for Energy campaign encourages energy conservation, and the college is retrofitting most lighting units on campus with LED, compact fluorescent, or other efficient models. The college also recently finished its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory.
The college sources from a local dairy and serves exclusively fair trade coffee. Discounts on fountain beverages are given to customers who bring reusable mugs. Davidson has a composting program in addition to a recycling program for traditional and electronic materials. At the end of the year, community members can donate used items to local charities.
All new construction projects at Davidson must be designed to meet LEED criteria. Duke Residence Hall is LEED-certified, and two additional buildings on campus meet LEED standards. Occupancy sensors have been installed in 75 percent of classrooms, and 90 percent of sinks and showers are low-flow units.
The Environmental Action Coalition runs campaigns aimed at conserving energy and water and reducing waste. There is also a student bike co-op in addition to clubs that address environmental justice issues and local food. Students may also participate in the sustainable living community, Eco House. An internship is available with the sustainability office, and orientation includes sustainability information.
The campus bike-sharing program makes 20 bikes available for rent at no cost. A free shuttle operates three days per week during the school year, and the campus fleet includes five hybrids and twelve electric vehicles.
The college makes a list of external managers, as well as a list of mutual funds, equity holdings, and fixed-income holdings available to the public online. A list of all holdings is also available to select members of the campus community.
The college aims to optimize investment return and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds or similar investment vehicles. The college is also exploring investment in on-campus sustainability projects.
The college does not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds.
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