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Report Card 2009

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Stonehill College
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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D+
Stonehill College

School details:

Endowment: $162 million as of June 30, 2007

Location: Easton, Massachusetts

Enrollment: 2,490

Type: Private

 

Campus Survey: Yes

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: Yes

 

Data compiled from independent research and survey responses from schools. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology  section.

 
Overall grade  
D +
The Environmental Stewardship Council was established to include participation from students, faculty, and staff from across all administrative divisions. The council discusses environmental and sustainability issues, and advises the associate vice president for operations. The council has an approved mission, meets regularly, and records meeting minutes. It currently consists of seven faculty and staff and several students.
Various lighting retrofits have been performed in campus buildings. The facilities management department performed an energy conservation assessment report, detailing opportunities for savings and improvements in water, gas, oil, and electricity. To improve energy efficiency, the college recently installed a lighting control system that maximizes daylight in several classrooms.
The college offers fair trade and organic coffee options and purchases locally through approved vendors when available. The dining halls recycle cooking oil. In addition, all landscaping debris, including leaves, branches, and soils, is composted and used on site.
Stonehill has incorporated energy efficiency and high-performance design standards into new construction and renovation projects. In designing an energy-efficient science center, the college subscribed to its utilities service’s Comprehensive Design Approach, an integrated whole building design process.
Facilities management recycles empty bottles and cans, and the deposit refund is put toward a student scholarship fund. Students for Environmental Action hosted a sustainability fair on campus last year to raise awareness about sustainable living. The group also works with facilities management to host a campus-wide clean-up.
Stonehill has a pedestrian-friendly campus, which is supported by planning efforts. Parking lots are located on the outer perimeter of campus and interior roadways have been replaced with brick walkways and new landscaped areas. A shuttle provides service to local shops, as well as the airport. The college has also consistently purchased electric golf carts for use by grounds employees and for deliveries.
The college makes neither a list of endowment holdings nor its shareholder voting record public. This information is available only to trustees and senior administrators at the investment office.
The college aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
A member of the college's administration determines proxy votes.
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