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Report Card 2010

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Rollins College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Rollins College

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Endowment: $279 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Winter Park, Florida

Enrollment: 2,691

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 director of facilities management has been appointed the chief sustainability officer, and Rollins' Committee on Environmental and Sustainability Issues meets monthly to help oversee sustainability initiatives on campus. All new appliances purchased by the college are Energy Star-certified, and all cleaning products used daily are Green Seal- or Environmental Choice-certified. The college is a signatory of the Talloires Declaration.
Rollins has installed a 2-kilowatt solar panel on campus. The college has performed lighting retrofits and uses heat recovery for hot water production. Energy efficiency measures in buildings include thermal insulation under roofs and window glazing.
Rollins spends 37 percent of its food budget on local items. Dining services also purchases exclusively hormone- and antibiotic-free milk and fair trade-certified coffee. Dining facilities are trayless on special occasions, such as Earth Day, Eco Rollins Day, and Save Energy Day. The college recycles used coffee grounds and is currently exploring recycling used cooking oil to make biodiesel fuel.
Rollins' Ward Hall meets LEED-certified criteria. The college has installed low-flow showerheads and faucets, waterless urinals, and efficient washing machines to reduce its water consumption. The college has also installed motion sensors in a portion of buildings.
Home of the Rollins Outdoors Club, Lyman Hall provides sustainability-themed housing for 28 students. The college hires eight students to coordinate recycling efforts on campus. The student group Eco Rollins also helps to implement sustainability initiatives on campus. In the 2008-2009 academic year, the group secured funding for a free on-campus bicycle library.
The college's master plan includes efforts to make the campus more pedestrian-friendly and excludes cars from the core of the campus. Free transportation around campus is available upon request. The campus fleet includes hybrid and electric vehicles.
The college makes certain holdings available online. The college does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in community development loan funds. The university is also exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds or similar investment vehicles and on-campus sustainability projects.
The vast majority of the endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investments for which the college does not have the ability to vote proxies. For the remaining portion of investments, the college asks its investment managers to handle the details of proxy voting. The college is currently considering providing its investment managers with specific guidelines pertaining to corporate governance and environmental sustainability issues.
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