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Report Card 2010

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Kalamazoo College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Kalamazoo College

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Endowment: $123 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Enrollment: 1,381

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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The president appointed a task force to develop a sustainability policy to be in place by March 2010. The Climate Commitment Planning Committee is developing a climate action plan and is working to incorporate local food into college dining. The college employs three sustainability staff members and has an Energy Star purchasing policy.
The college has reduced emissions by 6 percent since 2004. Direct digital temperature control allows for temperature setbacks and demand management. The campus has completed two-thirds of a building submetering project, and a student project is putting data from the meters on the web. Wind and solar power are purchased for the Hicks Student Center.
The college purchases from three local farms and a local dairy. The Farms to K group raises awareness about local purchasing and holds an annual local food celebration. All of the dining halls are trayless, and fair trade coffee is offered. The campus recycles electronics and has several initiatives for resource reallocation.
The Hicks Student Center is LEED Silver–certified. The college has installed motion detectors, efficient lighting, and low-flow, water-saving fixtures. All laundry machines are Energy Star–certified, and 50 percent of construction waste is diverted.
The college employs four sustainability interns during the summer, and students may live in the Sustainability House. The EnvOrg student group successfully campaigned for trayless dining, and the Campus Energy Group held several educational events. The Helping Understand Bikes group operates the campus bike rental program and works to improve bicycle safety and accessibility. The college held a 2009 Energy Sting Competition.
A bike-sharing program includes 20 bicycles and offers repair services. The college has a ride-share website.
The college makes a list of all holdings available at the investment office to all members of the school community, including faculty, staff, students, and alumni. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions only by category is available at the investment office to all members of the school community.
The college aims to optimize investment return and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds or similar investment vehicles. Some managers consider environmental, social, and corporate governance factors.
The college does not have the ability to vote proxies, as all equities are in either mutual funds or commingled funds.
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