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Report Card 2011

College of William & Mary
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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College of William & Mary

School details:

 Grade higher than last year

 

Endowment: $541 million as of December 31, 2009

Location: Williamsburg, Virginia

 

Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)

 

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 
B+
The President's Committee on Sustainability has developed a climate action plan, financed research on solar and wind generation on campus, and hired sustainability fellows, among other initiatives. The college's new purchasing policy mandates the purchase of Energy Star-qualified products whenever possible. The majority of office paper used on campus is made from recycled content, and the college has requested that suppliers minimize packaging.
W&M has reduced greenhouse gas emissions 16 percent since 2002. To decrease energy use, the college rebuilt the central utility plants, converted light fixtures to LED and other energy-efficient models, and installed lighting sensors and energy management systems, among other technologies. The college also runs energy reduction competitions among offices to encourage conservation.
Dining services spends 42 percent of the food budget on local products. All seafood served on campus is sustainably harvested, and only fair trade coffee is offered. To reduce take-out waste, students may take food in reusable containers. All meals are trayless, food scraps are composted, and dining halls divert 55 percent of dining waste from traditional disposal.
All buildings are built to LEED Silver standards, at a minimum, and there are currently four LEED-certified buildings on campus. To manage stormwater, the campus features porous pavement and water retention ponds. The college has installed water-saving technologies, including greywater systems, low-flow fixtures, and water metering. All construction waste is diverted from disposal for reuse.
The Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) has worked to prevent construction of a new coal plant, researched the feasibility of green roofs on campus, promotes recycling, and discourages students from buying bottled water. Members also assisted the Sustainability Committee in developing a proposal for a research-residential Eco-Village. During orientation, students are introduced to sustainability through hands-on activities, a zero-waste meal, and a recycling video produced by the SEAC. The college hires up to 90 interns to work on sustainability projects.
The college provides students with free access to the local bus, which serves campus and local destinations. The college partners with a car-sharing program, and there are four electric vehicles in the campus fleet.
The college makes a list of asset allocation, investment managers, and cash available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. The college does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds/commingled funds public.
The college aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds. Donors may direct gifts to the college's green endowment fund or in support of sustainability projects.
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The college is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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