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Report Card 2011

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Hope College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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B-
Hope College

School details:

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Endowment: $140 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Holland, Michigan

 

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 -
Hope College has demonstrated a commitment to the environment through a formal sustainability plan. A sustainability committee has worked on a number of initiatives, including overseeing campus retrofits, completing a green building policy, developing a composting program, and creating a biodiesel production facility. All appliances purchased for the campus are Energy Star-certified, and a variety of paper products are made from postconsumer recycled material.
The college has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and has reduced emissions by 7 percent since 2008. To reduce energy use, the university has implemented many measures, including temperature setbacks and energy management systems, and has installed energy-efficient technologies, such as steam trap systems, T5 and T8 lighting, steam line insulation, and temperature control timers.
Dining services spends 19 percent of its food budget on local products. In order to reduce waste, pre- and postconsumer food scraps are composted at all meals; excess food is donated to a local food bank; and used cooking oil is recycled for use on a local farm. Dining services has achieved a 70 percent waste diversion rate. The college composts all landscaping waste, recycles traditional materials and electronics, and runs a year-end collection drive for reusable items.
All new buildings are required to meet LEED standards. Hope has achieved a 37 percent reduction in per capita water use through the use of water conservation technologies such as low-flow faucets and showerheads and weather-informed irrigation.
Environmental student groups at Hope have worked on a variety of initiatives, including training resident life staff on recycling and increasing the number of recycling bins on campus. Students participate in several conservation competitions, and freshmen learn about sustainability at orientation. Seven students wishing to lead eco-friendly lifestyles reside in the Green Cottage.
The college offers a free shuttle service to on-campus destinations and has recently doubled the number of bike racks on campus.
The college makes a list of all holdings available upon request to all members of the school community. The college makes only asset allocation information available to the public upon request. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions, only by category, is sent upon request to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community.
The college aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The college provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes regarding environmental and social resolutions. For corporate governance resolutions, the college asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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