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Report Card 2011

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Seton Hall University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Seton Hall University

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Endowment: $203 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: South Orange, New Jersey


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 -
Seton Hall University has a sustainability committee composed of administrators, staff, and students who meet biweekly to address sustainability policies and programs. The committee has worked to implement new initiatives on campus, such as the fry oil and food waste recycling program and the creation of a sustainability office. The university is committed to sustainability through its strategic plan, drafted in 2009, and regularly purchases Energy Star-qualified and EPEAT-certified products.
To decrease energy use, Seton Hall has implemented temperature setbacks and has installed steam trap systems and LED lighting in campus buildings. The university conducts campaigns to encourage students to monitor their energy consumption, and runs a campus-wide energy conservation competition.
The university spends 30 percent of its annual food budget on local foods, including produce, dairy, meat, and seafood. All coffee served on campus is fair trade. The university composts pre- and postconsumer food waste at all meals. Students who bring reusable mugs or bags to dining establishments receive a discount on their purchases.
Seton Hall has installed water-saving measures such as low-flow showerheads and efficient laundry technology in many campus buildings. The university has no known green buildings or green building policies.
All new students are introduced to sustainability through residence hall programming. The school sponsors an annual competition to reduce energy consumption among residence halls. Two student groups, the Ecology Club and the One Campaign, focus on campus environmental initiatives as well as global sustainability efforts.
Seton Hall partners with a car-sharing program that is available to both students and staff. The university provides a shuttle service to off-campus destinations, including the train and bus stations and nearby grocery stores. There are four completely electric vehicles in the campus motor fleet.
The university makes asset allocation information available to the public and makes a list of external managers and mutual funds available to trustees and senior administrators. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions only by category is available to the public per open records law, and a list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. All information is available at the investment office.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds. Donors may specifically select investment preferences when making a gift to the university.
The university provides its investment managers with specific guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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