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Report Card 2011

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Barnard College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Barnard College

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Endowment: $168 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: New York, New York


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Please note: This school did not respond to any of the three administrator surveys. The data used for both the profile and grading was compiled from independent research. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology section.  


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

Overall grade  
C +
Barnard College has issued a statement of commitment to conserving energy, decreasing consumption, and reducing its carbon footprint. The Sustainable Practices Committee works to make the college more sustainable. Energy Star products are purchased whenever possible, and napkins used on campus are made from 100 percent recycled materials.
The college has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, part of which will be achieved through the purchase of carbon offsets. To reduce energy use, Barnard has implemented temperature setbacks and a steam trap system and has installed energy management systems, occupancy sensors for lighting and heating, efficient lighting in all buildings, central plant upgrades, and insulated water pipes. Power management is enabled for school computers.
Cage-free eggs are used in all breakfast items in the Hewitt dining hall. A discount is offered to students who bring their own mugs, and bottled water has been removed from dining locations. Waste cooking oil is recycled, and to reduce paper use, there is a printing quota for students. Unwanted college furniture is reused within the college or donated, and a year-end swap is available for students' unwanted items.
The new Diana Center is LEED Silver certified, and features low-flow faucets and fixtures, as well as a green roof. Recycled and environmentally friendly materials are used in all student room renovation projects, and green cleaning products are used across campus.
Members of EarthCo have hosted a local foods dinner, conducted a campaign to unplug idle appliances, made a movie about recycling on campus, distributed reusable water bottles, organized a clothing swap, and recycled coffee sleeves by giving them to the architecture department. Students also work in the community garden. The college hires student interns to work on sustainability efforts on campus, and eco-reps educate their peers about environmental stewardship.
Barnard purchases solely hybrid vehicles for its fleet. A nighttime shuttle makes stops at various locations. The campus master plan emphasizes the importance of pedestrian pathways. The college recently installed 100 additional bike racks at the Diana Center.
The advisory committee may disseminate information about the college's investment portfolio to the school community with approval from the board of trustees. On select occasions, the committee has made public information about proxy resolutions, but the college has not made any public statements about a policy to disclose proxy voting records.
The college aims to optimize investment returns and has not made any public statements about investing the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
Students, faculty, and alumni serve on the Advisory Committee for Socially Responsible Investing, which makes proxy voting recommendations to the board.
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