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Report Card 2010

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Hope College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Hope College

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Endowment: $158 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Holland, Michigan

Enrollment: 3,093

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  
C +
Hope College's president established a campus sustainability task force to explore and implement practices to lower the environmental impact of the campus. A section of the college's strategic plan addresses environmental sustainability. The college uses paper products with a minimum of 30 percent postconsumer recycled content and has a goal of reducing its overall paper use by 25 percent.
Energy audits have been performed in all major buildings, and the college has committed to reducing energy consumption by 10 percent during the 2009-2010 academic year. Hope College has installed a variety of energy-conserving technologies across campus.
Hope College is implementing a trayless program during the fall 2009 semester. Dining services spends roughly 20 percent of its food budget on locally produced and processed foods, and purchases hormone- and antibiotic-free dairy products. A composting program is run in the largest dining facility.
The college is committed to obtaining LEED certification for all new construction projects. Motion sensors have been installed in all newer buildings and some older buildings, and all showerheads in residence halls are low-flow models.
Students committed to living sustainably may reside in the Green Cottage. This year, new-student orientation will include informational sustainability sessions. The sustainability committee of the student government collaborates with the Environmental Issues Group to promote sustainability on campus.
Hope College has a pedestrian-friendly campus, operates a free campus shuttle, and has converted a bus to run on biodiesel.
The college makes a list of all holdings available to the school community 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 return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds. The college is exploring, but not currently invested in, on-campus sustainability projects.
The college provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes on environmental and social resolutions. The college asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting on corporate governance matters.
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