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Report Card 2007

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Hamilton College
College Sustainability Report Card 2007

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Hamilton College

School details:

Endowment: $588 million as of June 30, 2006

Location: Clinton, New York


Campus Survey: Yes

Endowment Survey: No


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
Hamilton College does not currently have any institutions established to deal exclusively with sustainability issues. However, student groups and the administration have been working on LEED certification, green energy, and local food initiatives.
The College purchases enough renewable energy to power the entire renovated Skenendoa Hall, which granted the College partner status with the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Leadership Club. Other retrofitting efforts, such as green roofs and improved insulation, along with smart energy management that allows the College to have more control over the utilities, has saved the college money and greenhouse gas emissions.
Dining services has joined the Farm to College program, bringing local and organic foods to the dining halls through local farmers and cooperative markets. The rest of the food services is contracted through Bon Appetit, which is one of the more environmentally and socially progressive food management companies. A comprehensive composting and recycling program curbs the campus' waste stream.
The College's renovation of a residence hall earned LEED Silver certification. The building, which was built in 1922, is the oldest building in New York to achieve LEED certification. Geothermal technology is used to heat and cool the Hamilton College Science Center.
The College has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record.
The College prioritizes investing to maximize profit and has not made any public statements about investigating or investing in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The College has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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