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Report Card 2010

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Wofford College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Wofford College

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Endowment: $163 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina

Enrollment: 1,389

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: No


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

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Wofford College's Presidents' Climate Commitment Task Force wrote the college's first sustainability report and is currently developing a climate action plan. The Office of Sustainability employs two staff. All computers and appliances purchased for the campus are Energy Star-qualified, and most cleaning products used on campus are either Green Seal- or Environmental Choice-certified.
Wofford recently completed its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory. Lighting retrofits have been completed, and temperature setbacks have been implemented for energy efficiency. The Office of Sustainability is currently developing a campaign to create incentives for community members to conserve energy.
Dining services spends 56 percent of its total food budget on local and organic items. The college serves only hormone- and antibiotic-free milk and sustainably harvested seafood. Excess food is donated to a local soup kitchen. Recycling is available for traditional and electronic items, and 80 percent of landscaping waste is composted or mulched.
The Environmental Studies Center at Glendale Shoals is expected to receive LEED Silver certification upon completion. A greywater system is used to irrigate the campus greenhouse, and 90 percent of the campus has been retrofitted with low-flow showerheads and faucets. All laundry machines in the residence halls are Energy Star-certified.
Wofford College Go Green participated in a regional Earth Day campaign. New this year, new-student orientation included an optional Wofford Waste program in which participants followed the life cycle of campus waste. The college participates in RecycleMania.
Wofford worked with local planners to integrate bike lanes into high-car-traffic corridors on campus. The college currently owns one hybrid vehicle and two biodiesel trucks, and offers a shuttle from the main campus to the new environmental studies center.
The college makes a list of endowment holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. The college does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The college aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The college asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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