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Report Card 2010

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Simmons College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Simmons College

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Endowment: $182 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Enrollment: 2,490

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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Simmons has created the Climate Change Committee. The college purchases Energy Star appliances, FSC-certified paper, EPEAT-registered electronics, and Green Seal cleaning products.
Simmons has made a commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, and in working towards this goal, the college purchased over 400,000 kilowatt-hours in renewable energy credits in 2009. The college has performed systems audits and implemented nighttime temperature setbacks for energy efficiency and conservation.
Simmons spends 20 percent of its annual food budget on local products, including seafood, produce, dairy, and bread. All milk served on campus is hormone- and antibiotic-free, and fair trade coffee is offered in cafes. To reduce waste, the college provides a discount for those who use their own mugs, and has removed trays from residential dining areas. A recycling program is available for traditional and electronic materials.
The college has one 66,000-square-foot LEED Gold building. Motion sensors for lighting have been installed in seven buildings to conserve energy. Low-flow faucets have been installed in five buildings.
Sustainability representatives in each residence hall promote environmental stewardship. Students run four organizations devoted to sustainability, including Sustain Our Simmons. The group has increased recycling and composting on campus. The Simmons chapter of Net Impact has addressed issues such as green building and socially responsible investing. The school community participates in the RecycleMania competition.
Employees who carpool to work are eligible for a 66 percent discount on parking costs, and the college offers a subsidy for those commuting via public transportation. There is a car-sharing program on campus, and Simmons provides shuttle service to local destinations, including public transportation stations.
The college makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level is available to trustees and senior administrators at the investment office.
The college aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds and on-campus energy efficiency projects. The college is considering offering donors the option of directing gifts to an investment fund that considers environmental/sustainability factors.
Simmons provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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