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Report Card 2011

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Stonehill College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Stonehill College

School details:

Endowment: $116 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Easton, Massachusetts


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: No


Please note: This school did not respond to any of the three administrator surveys. The data used for both the profile and grading was compiled from independent research. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology section.  


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  
D +
Stonehill College has incorporated sustainability components into the campus master plan and strategic plan 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, runs 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 HVAC control systems were recently upgraded for two buildings.
Stonehill’s dining services department purchases local foods such as produce, dairy, and eggs. 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 and, in addition to traditional materials, also recycles fluorescent lighting tubes, toner, and old compact discs.
Stonehill has installed 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. The new Shields Science Center was designed and built with green building practices in mind and has a green roof for stormwater management.
During orientation, the facilities staff trains new students on recycling practices. Students for Environmental Action has addressed issues such as water privatization, improving vegetarian cafeteria options, and increasing recycling. A water conservation contest between residence halls encourages students to be aware of their water use and to reduce their impact on the environment.
Stonehill offers free transportation around campus and also provides shuttle service to train stations, a supermarket, a department store, and Boston’s airport. The campus is located near a variety of public transportation options. Parking has been moved to the periphery of the campus to decrease vehicular traffic.
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 returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, community development loan funds, or renewable energy funds.
A member of the college administration determines proxy votes.
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