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Report Card 2011

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Georgetown University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Georgetown University

School details:

Endowment: $899 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Washington, District of Columbia


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  
Georgetown's Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee has helped advocate for integrating sustainability into the master plan, as well as for improving recycling facilities and purchasing renewable energy. The university has set a requirement for all future computer, printer, and appliance purchases to be Energy Star certified. The university employs eight full-time and three part-time staff to work on sustainability-related issues.
The university has reduced greenhouse gas emissions 16 percent since 2005 and has pledged to reduce per-square-foot emissions 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. To reduce energy use on campus, Georgetown has implemented temperature setbacks and installed technologies including energy management systems, heat recovery systems, and LED lighting.
Dining services purchases local produce, dairy, and baked goods, as well as organic vegetables and milk. In addition, all seafood purchased is harvested sustainably. In order to reduce waste, pre- and postconsumer food scraps are composted, and 98 percent of dining hall meals are trayless. The university recycles 45 percent of its solid waste. In addition to traditional materials, Georgetown has programs to reuse or recycle electronics, furniture, bicycles, books, and clothes.
All new buildings and major renovations are required to meet LEED Sliver criteria. To save water, the university utilizes dual-flush toilets, advanced laundry technology, low-flow faucets and showerheads, as well as waterless urinals. A green operations and maintenance policy requires the use of green cleaning products.
Sustainability-themed housing is available for students, and orientation covers environmental issues through resident assistants' presentations. The university has 15 volunteer eco-reps working in residence halls, and numerous student groups address the issues of sustainability, the environment, sustainable food systems, green energy, and corporate responsibility. Student groups collaborated with facilities staff to sponsor an energy saving competition that led to a 5 percent reduction in residence hall energy use. Student groups also developed a method for donating excess food from dining halls and created a drive to reduce waste during move-out.
Georgetown provides parking discounts for employees who carpool, and a free shuttle provides transportation for the school community between local public transit stations, satellite campuses, and the main campus. A car-sharing service is available to students, faculty, and staff, and there are programs and infrastructure to support bicycling.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees and senior administrators at the investment office, and only asset allocation information is available online to the public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
An advisory committee makes proxy voting recommendations to the chief investment officer.
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