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Report Card 2010

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Stevens Institute of Technology
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Stevens Institute of Technology

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Endowment: $165 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Hoboken, New Jersey

Enrollment: 3,500

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: No


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

Overall grade  
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Stevens Institute of Technology employs a full-time sustainability manager and is in the process of creating a green purchasing policy. The institute’s Green Initiatives Committee has worked on this policy, as well as a recycling policy. The committee also facilitated the creation of a sustainability website.
The institute has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 2004 levels by 2010. On-campus solar photovoltaics generate 25 percent of electricity at peak demand, and cogeneration supplies 15 percent. Stevens generates 18 percent of its heating and cooling needs through biodiesel combustion.
Stevens spends $250,000 annually, representing 12 percent of its food budget, on local produce and dairy. Dining halls serve fair trade coffee and bananas, and students can purchase reusable mugs and cloth bags. Stevens collects thousands of pounds of electronics, including batteries, computers, lightbulbs, telephones, and televisions for recycling. The institute composts all landscaping waste.
Under Stevens’ green building policy, all new construction must meet LEED certification standards at a minimum, and 100 percent of nonhazardous construction waste is diverted from landfills. Energy-efficient lighting is in place across campus, and all dormitory showerheads are low-low. Stevens has achieved a 30 percent reduction in overall water consumption through the use of water-saving technology.
During freshman orientation, all new students take part in a discussion about how they can contribute to environmental initiatives on campus. These discussions continue during a required first semester course. Organizations include the Student Recycling Club and Engineers Without Borders. The entire campus aims to increase their recycling as part of RecycleMania.
There are three electric vehicles on campus and one hybrid. Two cars are available for student use through a car-sharing program, and 15 percent of employees purchase public transportation passes pretax through a school program.
The institute makes a list of all holdings available only to trustees and senior administrators.
The institute aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
Stevens has many investments in funds that do not allow for filing proxy votes, and the institute does not file proxy votes for other investments.
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