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Report Card 2010

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Lafayette College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Lafayette College

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Endowment: $565 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Easton, Pennsylvania

Enrollment: 2,322

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 +
Lafayette's campus energy policy stipulates measures to be considered in construction, maintenance, facility operations, transportation, purchasing, and recycling. The Campus Sustainability Committee successfully expanded recycling collection and accepted materials. The college employs a campus manager of sustainability and environmental planning. A green purchasing policy promotes energy-efficient and recyclable or reusable products.
The college expects its emissions inventory to be complete in late 2009 and plans to complete a climate action plan shortly thereafter. Building control programs minimize the use of HVAC systems, and the campus has a free lightbulb exchange program for students. The college will be investigating the purchase of renewable energy credits now that it has begun to install photovoltaic arrays at select campus locations.
Dining services purchases from five local farms, a local dairy, and will begin purchasing from a campus community garden in fall 2009. All retail packaging is compostable or biodegradable, and dining halls are trayless. The college organizes an annual Trash to Treasure donation program and has an electronics recycling program.
All major renovations and construction will meet LEED Silver certification standards at a minimum. New buildings must meet the ASHRAE Standard 90.1 for energy-efficient design at a minimum.
The college offers two sustainability internships, and students have the option to live in TREEhouse, a sustainability-themed residence hall. The L.E.A.P. student group was awarded a grant to institutionalize a composting program with Earth Tub composting units and two food waste pulpers. The group has also successfully used another grant to create a two-acre garden, which is divided into a community garden and a vegetable garden for the dining hall.
The campus master plan aims to increase the volume and safety of pedestrian and bike traffic on campus, and the college is working to increase the number of bike racks. The LCAT shuttle provides free transportation to local destinations and remote athletic fields.
The college makes all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. The college does not make its shareholder voting record public, but a large percentage of the endowment is commingled and not subject to direct voting.
The college aims to optimize investment return and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds or similar investment vehicles.
Most of the endowment is in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. For separately managed accounts, the college's investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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