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Report Card 2010

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Franklin and Marshall College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Franklin and Marshall College

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Endowment: $273 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Enrollment: 2,118

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  
C +
The Campus Sustainability Committee, which consists of faculty, administrators, and students, consults with other campus groups to promote sustainability initiatives on campus. The college has an associate dean with responsibility for environmental stewardship and sustainability, and an acting director of the Wohlsen Center for the Sustainable Environment. A purchasing policy requires that all appliances meet Energy Star standards.
F&M implemented temperature setbacks as part of an energy savings program for the campus. The college completed a carbon footprint analysis and has increased its purchase of renewable energy certificates to account for 33 percent of its electricity consumption.
Over 21 percent of the college's food budget is used to purchase local and organic foods, and vegan options are offered at every meal. The college has implemented a trayless dining program and there is a discount for using a refillable mug. Fryer oil is recycled, as are numerous materials collected from residence and dining halls.
All new facilities over 5,000 gross square feet, and major capital renovations costing more than 50 percent of building replacement value, are required to meet LEED Silver standards at a minimum. The college has three buildings that meet LEED Silver criteria, but are not certified. Most non-toxic construction waste has been diverted from the landfill. The college installed its first solar array on campus and has completed two green roof projects.
The Environmental Action Alliance makes soup and sandwiches from local and organic ingredients at the weekly Fair Trade Café to educate students about sustainable agriculture. In 2009, the Dirt Army constructed an organic student garden. The Sustainability House is a themed living community that works toward the implementation of green programs.
The college maintains a free bike-sharing program for faculty, administrators, and students. The facilities and operations department uses electric carts. There is an evening shuttle service and a shuttle to downtown Lancaster. The college also encourages faculty to live in the city of Lancaster to reduce commuting time and promotes teleconferencing in lieu of traveling to venues outside the region.
The college makes asset allocation available to the public online, and a list of votes cast on proxy resolutions by category is available to the school community at the investment office. A list of all holdings and votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is available to trustees and senior administrators at the investment office.
The college aims to optimize investment return and currently has a small investment in climate change-related companies.
Most of the endowment is in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. For separately managed accounts, the college has reviewed its investment managers proxy voting guidelines and asks them to handle the details of proxy voting.
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