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Report Card 2010

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St. Lawrence University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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St. Lawrence University

School details:

  Campus Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $190 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Canton, New York

Enrollment: 2,217

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  
St. Lawrence created a sustainability policy in 2006, instituting environmental stewardship as a core value of the university. The university employs a full-time sustainability coordinator, and the Climate Commitment Working Group is drafting a climate action plan, scheduled for release in fall 2009. A green purchasing policy stipulates procurement of Energy Star products.
The university has completed carbon emissions inventories dating back to 2000, and will release details of planned reduction levels in conjunction with the climate action plan in September 2009. St. Lawrence achieved a reduction in emissions between 2007 and 2008, and has several energy efficiency technologies, including a cogeneration plant. There is a lightbulb exchange program, and the school annually offsets 15 percent of its electricity use through renewable energy credits.
With a local food policy guiding the dining services department, St. Lawrence spent approximately $60,000 on locally grown food during the 2008-2009 academic year. These purchases included produce, dairy, and meat products. When dining locations close for breaks, excess perishable foods are donated to the local food bank. Trayless dining is standard at St. Lawrence, and used cooking oil serves as fuel at the heating plant.
St. Lawrence aims to meet LEED-certified standards for all renovations, and the Johnson Hall of Science is certified LEED Gold. The building features water-saving technology including low-flow faucets and toilets, as well as waterless urinals. St. Lawrence plans to expand these technologies to more locations on campus. Motion sensor lighting is present in numerous buildings.
The Green House, with ten student residents, offers a sustainability workshop and five vegetarian meals each week. A program for first-year students called Sustainability 101 explains environmental stewardship at St. Lawrence. The Environmental Action Organization, with 35 members, organized a campaign for trayless dining and created a thrift store.
The university has five hybrid cars in its campus fleet, and ten bicycles can be rented for free from the library. To support a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly atmosphere, vehicles are not allowed into the center of campus.
The university makes a list of all holdings available the public and sends the information upon request. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
A member of the university administration determines proxy votes.
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