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Report Card 2011

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Hillsdale College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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School details:

Endowment: $278 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Hillsdale, Michigan


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  
Hillsdale College has a green purchasing policy, buys green products when possible, and always purchases Energy Star appliances and EPEAT-certified computers. The college uses green cleaning supplies and encourages departments to recycle waste paper products.
The college is in the process of completing a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. Energy efficiency technologies, such as energy management systems and lighting sensors, have been installed across campus. The college uses energy audits and energy monitoring displays, among other efforts, to encourage members of the campus community to reduce energy use.
Hillsdale spends more than 20 percent of its food budget on local products and buys organic items, including produce. The dining halls serve some vegetarian-fed and hormone- and antibiotic-free poultry, and only fair trade coffee is sold on campus. Discounts are offered for the use of reusable mugs, and pre- and postconsumer food waste is composted at most meals. The college has been trayless since 2007 and is working to expand its composting program to residence halls. Institutional electronic waste is recycled, and items left behind by students at the end of the year are donated.
The college is committed to constructing buildings that are as energy-efficient as possible and has a policy to purchase only green cleaning and maintenance products. Water conservation technologies, such as low-flow showerheads, have been installed around campus, and retention ponds and vegetated swales are used for stormwater management.
Students in Free Enterprise works to promote Hillsdale’s vision for freedom and create an ethical foundation for the business world, and Beta Beta Beta is a society dedicated to improving understanding and appreciation of biological study and promoting the expansion of scientific research.
A bike-sharing program, which offers five bikes for student use, was started in 2008, and bike racks are located around campus. Student parking is only available by residence halls, and cars are not allowed in the center of campus.
The college makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the campus community, and provides this information upon request. The college does not make its shareholder voting record public.
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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