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Stetson University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Courtesy of Stetson University

School details:

Endowment: $110 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Deland, Florida

Enrollment: 2,230


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


  An application was submitted by Judy Ward to have this school evaluated in the College Sustainability Report Card 2010. A contribution was made to cover the cost of inclusion.   Learn more  about how a school can apply for inclusion.  


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

Overall grade  
C -
The university president chairs the Presidents’ Climate Commitment Task Force, which has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. Other campus-wide initiatives include purchasing exclusively Green Seal-certified cleaning products and Energy Star-qualified appliances. In addition to the Presidents' Climate Commitment, the university has signed the Talloires Declaration.
With its carbon emissions inventory in mind, Stetson is working on several energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The university has completed campus-wide lighting retrofits, and has replaced many air conditioners, condenser fans, and pumps with a central chiller plant. A new facility has a geothermal loop.
Stetson spends $40,000 annually on locally grown or raised food, including produce, milk, and ice cream. A retail location sells organic items, and fair trade coffee is available. The university donates excess food to a food bank, and the facilities department converts used cooking oil into biodiesel. In order to reduce waste, a swap program is available for both furniture and clothing.
Stetson has a green building policy requiring all new construction to meet LEED-certified standards at a minimum. A new 22,000-square-foot building met this standard, and the university is awaiting certification on three buildings in late 2009. To increase energy efficiency, the university has retrofitted light fixtures and installed occupancy sensors. To conserve water, 80 percent of Stetson’s restrooms are equipped with water-saving flush valves.
Students participate in a monthly competition between residence halls to conserve energy. The competition began in 2008 and has reduced energy use by 3 percent. Stetson employs ten student recycling coordinators, who advocate for recycling on campus, educate their classmates about how to properly separate recyclables, as well as about the merits of recycling.
A bike-sharing program was established at Stetson in 2009. The university encourages students to foster a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly atmosphere on campus.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level is available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community.
The university aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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