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Report Card 2011

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Middlebury College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Middlebury College

School details:

Endowment: $798 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Middlebury, Vermont


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: No


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  
A -
The Middlebury Environmental Council has implemented a number of sustainability initiatives, including the establishment of a fund for on-campus green initiatives. Sustainability staff on campus include a full-time director and outreach coordinator. A green purchasing policy mandates the purchase of environmentally preferable appliances, cleaning products, computers, electronics, and paper products.
The college aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2016, partially through the purchase of energy offsets, if necessary. Energy efficiency measures taken on campus have included HVAC system upgrades, energy management systems, and lighting retrofits. Approximately 34 percent of the college's energy comes from a biomass gasification and cogeneration system, a wind turbine, and a solar array on campus.
Dining services spends 19.4 percent of its food budget on local products, including vegetables sourced from an on-campus farm. Organic, fair trade, confinement-free, grass-fed, and hormone- and antibiotic-free food items are also purchased. Discounts are offered for using a reusable mug, and pre- and postconsumer food scraps are composted at all meals.
Middlebury requires that all new construction and major renovation projects meet at least LEED Silver standards. The Franklin Environmental Center is LEED Platinum certified and uses a groundwater cooling system for air conditioning. Water conservation technologies on campus include low-flow water fixtures, waterless urinals, and dual-flush toilets.
The Sunday Night Group initiated a college-wide effort to adopt its neutrality goal. Student residential sustainability coordinators work to increase green living habits in residence halls, and participating students reduced their electricity use by an average of 40 percent during the college's annual energy-saving competition.
The campus fleet includes 27 electric vehicles and 2 hybrids. Middlebury provides free transit bus passes to students and employees, supports a student-run bike shop and rental program, and partners with a car-sharing service.
The college makes only asset allocation information available to the public online. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is made available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community at the investment office.
The college aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds and community development loan funds. Endowment investment in on-campus sustainability projects is being considered. The college uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors, and donors can request that gifts be directed into sustainable and socially responsible investment options.
The multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing makes recommendations to the proxy subcommittee of the board of trustees on votes involving social and environmental issues.
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