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Report Card 2010

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Stonehill College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Stonehill College

School details:

Endowment: $150 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Easton, Massachusetts

Enrollment: 2,363

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
D +
Stonehill College has incorporated sustainability components into the master and strategic plans, and has a green purchasing policy that includes guidelines for paper, appliances, cleaning supplies, and electronics. The Environmental Stewardship Council, including students, administration, faculty, and campus ministry representatives has continued a program for recycling batteries, printer cartridges, and compact fluorescent lightbulbs.
The college has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, and the Environmental Stewardship Council has posted stickers to remind building users to turn off lights when leaving rooms. Over the past ten years, Stonehill has annually retrofitted at least one building with energy-efficient lighting, and this past year, HVAC control systems have been updated for two buildings.
Stonehill’s dining services department has a policy to purchase local foods, and the college sources produce, dairy, and eggs from local farms and processors. All coffee served on campus is fair trade, and vegan options are offered daily. To reduce waste, Stonehill offers discounts for using reusable mugs, and recycles used cooking oil. The college composts or mulches all landscaping waste.
Stonehill has installed both energy- and water-saving technologies in many buildings. Fifteen percent of spaces have motion sensors, 25 percent of faucets and all showerheads are low-flow models, and 5 percent of urinals are waterless. Eighty-five percent of nonhazardous construction waste is diverted from landfills.
During orientation, the facilities staff trains new students on recycling practices. Students for Environmental Action has addressed issues, including water privatization, vegetarian cafeteria options, and recycling. A water conservation contest between residence halls resulted in an 18 percent reduction in water consumption in the residence halls.
The college offers free transportation around campus and also provides shuttle service to train stations, a supermarket, a department store, and Boston’s airport. Parking has been moved to the periphery of the campus to make the campus more pedestrian friendly.
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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