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Report Card 2011

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Lafayette College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Lafayette College

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Endowment: $632 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Easton, Pennsylvania


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.

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Lafayette College has developed a campus energy policy and has also incorporated sustainability into its master plan. The campus sustainability manager, along with other staff, supervises green renovation and construction. In addition, the college's green purchasing policy promotes procurement of Energy Star and recycled paper products. Sustainability issues are incorporated into new employee orientations.
Lafayette has instituted temperature setbacks and has also installed steam trap systems, energy management systems, timers for temperature control, and energy-efficient lighting. Ongoing energy audits have prompted additional technology initiatives on campus. The college features two solar energy arrays and purchases 5 percent of its energy from renewable sources.
Dining services purchases local produce, milk, dairy products, and baked goods, and serves exclusively hormone- and antibiotic-free milk. All dining halls are trayless and provide only biodegradable and compostable to-go containers. The college now composts 65 percent of postconsumer food scraps and recently installed two Earth Tubs to increase composting capacity.
Lafayette has repurposed many buildings on campus for alternative use. Among other adaptive reuses, Scott Hall recently became the home of the college's student mentoring and study abroad programs. The previously vacant Oechsle Hall was converted into the psychology department, while another unused building became the Williams Visual Arts Center. To reduce water use, the college has installed building water metering and has also retrofitted buildings with low-flow faucets and showerheads. Stormwater is managed with porous pavement, rainwater storage, and a green roof.
Students can choose to live in TREEhouse, a sustainability-themed floor, and freshman orientation includes a zero-waste meal and a presentation by the Layfayette Environmental Awareness & Protection Club (LEAP). In 2010, Lafayette started the Earth Week Energy Saving Competition to reduce residence hall energy use. The Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists recently won a grant from the EPA to develop a sustainable food loop and is also working to expand an on-campus community garden.
Lafayette has a small, pedestrian-friendly campus. The college recently extended its free shuttle system to off-campus locations for students and has also installed a charging station for employee-owned electric vehicles. A flexible work option or a reduced schedule was offered to employees last year.
Lafayette College makes a list of asset allocation available online. It does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds and commingled funds public.
The college aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring, but not currently invested in, community development loan funds and renewable energy funds.
The college is unable to vote proxies, as the endowment is almost entirely invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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