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Report Card 2011

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Hamilton College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Hamilton College

School details:

Endowment: $532 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Clinton, New York


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  
B -
Hamilton College is committed to sustainability through a formal plan. A full-time coordinator works with academic and administrative departments to address sustainability, and the Sustainability Committee has worked on a variety of initiatives such as building retrofits and landfill waste diversion. All toilet paper, paper towels, and copy paper purchased for the campus contain postconsumer recycled content.
Hamilton has committed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and has reduced emissions by 13 percent per square foot and 6 percent per student since 2005. To reduce energy use, the college has implemented temperature setbacks and has installed energy management systems, heat recovery systems, lighting sensors, efficient lighting fixtures, and energy monitoring displays for buildings.
Dining services spends more than 22 percent of its food budget on local items, and purchases produce from the on-campus garden. The college serves exclusively cage-free eggs and sustainably harvested seafood, and all meat and ice cream served in the dining halls is antibiotic and hormone free. In addition, fair trade coffee, chocolate, and tea is served. Disposable dishware is made of recycled or biodegradable content, and 90 percent of meals are trayless. The college recycles electronics, as well as traditional materials, and composts or mulches 100 percent of landscaping waste.
All new buildings and major renovations are required to meet LEED Silver criteria. There is one LEED Silver building, one LEED Gold building, as well as two Energy Star-labeled buildings on campus. In addition, several buildings have been repurposed for alternative use. Water conservation measures have been implemented, including the installation of building water metering and dual-flush toilets.
An energy saving competition started by one of the student groups called Do It in the Dark resulted in a 27 percent reduction in energy use in the winning dorm. Two green week celebrations are hosted annually that include a variety of educational and action components. Sustainability-themed housing is available for students, and new students are introduced to sustainability at orientation.
A free bike-sharing program is available for students. The college partners with a car-sharing program and also provides a free shuttle service to off-campus destinations.
The college makes a list of all holdings available at the investment office to trustees and senior administrators. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is available at the investment office to trustees, senior administrators, and select individuals.
The college aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The college asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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