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Report Card 2011

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Georgia Institute of Technology
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Georgia Institute of Technology

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Endowment: $1,066 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Atlanta, Georgia


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  
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Georgia Institute of Technology is committed to sustainability through a formal policy and plan. The Sustainability Planning Committee has worked on a variety of initiatives including funding a zero net energy research building. A green purchasing policy mandates procurement of environmentally preferable appliances, cleaning products, computers, electronics, lighting, office supplies, and paper products.
The institute has reduced greenhouse gas emissions 6 percent since 2007, and committed to a 15 percent reduction by 2020. In order to meet these goals, Georgia Tech has implemented temperature setbacks and installed energy management systems, heat recovery systems, LED lighting, T5 and T8 lighting, temperature control timers, and vending machine sensors in many campus buildings.
Georgia Tech's two dining halls are 98 percent waste neutral through a combination of pre- and postconsumer composting, recycling, and a trayless program. In addition, 40 percent of the food budget is spent on local products. Organic vegetables, fruit, dairy, and meat are also purchased; only fair trade coffee is served on campus; and all seafood purchases meet sustainable fisheries guidelines.
All new buildings and major renovations are required to meet at least LEED Gold standards, and the school currently has 32 buildings that meet LEED criteria and 64 that meet LEED-EB criteria. Multiple spaces have been repurposed for alternative use. Buildings utilize water-saving technologies such as low-flow faucets, showerheads, and water metering. Georgia Tech diverts 98 percent of construction and demolition waste from landfills.
Georgia Tech employs 15 paid student interns for sustainability work, along with 30 volunteer interns. The institute runs an eco-reps program that involves more than 30 students. New students are introduced to sustainability at orientation, and the school runs an annual energy conservation competition.
A bike-sharing program is available for students and staff, and incentives are offered for carpooling. The institute provides discounts for local public transit and runs free shuttle service on and around campus. Georgia Tech also partners with a car-sharing program. The campus motor fleet includes 87 electric vehicles.
The institute makes a list of all holdings, as well as a list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, available at the investment office to the public.
The institute aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds, community development loan funds, and on-campus energy and water efficiency projects. The institute also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The institute is unable to vote proxies for the portion of the endowment that is invested in mutual funds. For applicable investments, the institute provides investment managers with general guidelines to determine proxy votes.
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