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Report Card 2010

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Gettysburg College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Gettysburg College

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Endowment: $198 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Enrollment: 2,450

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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President Will signed the Presidents' Climate Commitment. A sustainability committee, composed of students, faculty, and administrators, works to address environmental matters on campus. The committee now contains a subcommittee on endowment investment practices. All new appliance and electronic purchases must meet Energy Star and EPEAT standards.
Gettysburg has committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2050. As of 2010, renewable energy credits will account for 50 percent of the college's electricity use. The college has replaced incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs and has installed a high-efficiency centrifugal chiller.
Much of the college's produce comes from local farmers and the student-run garden. Dining services offers at least four vegan entrees each day. Recycling and composting help to divert 30 percent of waste from the landfill. A discount is offered for customers who bring reusable beverage containers.
Gettysburg has installed low-flow faucets and showerheads, dual-flush toilets, greywater capture systems, and water conservation laundry technology across campus. The college has one LEED Silver-certified building and diverts 60 percent of construction waste from landfills. A cistern captures 15,000 gallons of water runoff, which is channeled into the gardens for cleansing on site.
The college has two sustainable living communities, the Farm House and the Green House. Residents of these houses participate in student organizations such as the Painted Turtle Farm and Campus Kitchens, a food recycling project. Gettysburg Environmental Concerns Organization and Gettysburg Research and Action by Students for Sustainability promote sustainability efforts on campus. The college employs three students part time to work on sustainability-related programs.
Gettysburg instituted a community shuttle in the 2008-2009 academic year to provide access to local shopping areas. Employees who carpool receive preferred parking spaces, and first-year students are restricted from bringing cars to campus. A bike program loans bikes to any college community member. The college uses an electric vehicle on campus.
The college makes a list of endowment holdings available to the public by request, as per open record law. The college does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The college aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in both renewable energy funds and community development loan funds. The college is exploring, but not currently invested in, on-campus sustainability projects.
An advisory committee with two students, two faculty members, and ten administrators makes proxy voting recommendations to the president.
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