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Report Card 2010

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Hobart and William Smith Colleges
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Hobart and William Smith Colleges

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Endowment: $175 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Geneva, New York

Enrollment: 2,034

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


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

Overall grade  
B -
Hobart and William Smith Colleges have made a formal commitment to mitigate environmental impacts, achieve climate neutrality, and develop a culture of environmental sustainability in the campus community. The colleges employ three full-time sustainability staff. The Presidents' Climate Commitment Task Force, consisting of administrators, students, faculty, and staff, oversees the planning and implementation of all green initiatives.
Solar, wind, and geothermal technology provide 85 percent of the energy used for a research facility on campus. Overall, 5 to 6 percent of the campus’s energy use is derived from wind sources. Hobart and William Smith students completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. The buildings and grounds department has replaced 90 percent of the campus's lighting fixtures with energy-efficient units.
Fair trade coffee is available, and discounts are offered for using a reusable mug. Three vegan options are offered daily. The colleges have implemented a Trayless Tuesdays program, and excess food is donated to a local food bank. All landscaping waste is composted.
Motion sensors have been installed in all classrooms, and 10 percent of classrooms have ambient light sensors. Dining facilities have been outfitted with low-flow sink sprayers and dishwashers.
New-student orientation includes a sustainability picnic. Students interested in the environment may live in the Greens House, where residents sponsor composting projects and energy campaigns. The colleges offer four paid sustainability internships. The Campus Greens group sponsors two campus-wide competitions, Caught Green Handed and the Residence Hall Water Usage Challenge.
The colleges offer biodiesel-run trolley services to on- and off-campus destinations. Students initiated a community bike program that lends bikes to members of the campus community free of charge. Buildings and grounds uses three electric carts and a truck converted to run on electricity. The security fleet includes a Ford Escape hybrid.
The colleges make a list of endowment holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. This information is available at the investment office. The colleges do not make shareholder voting records public.
The colleges aim to optimize investment return and currently invest in renewable energy funds.
The colleges ask that their investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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