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Report Card 2011

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College of the Holy Cross
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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College of the Holy Cross

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Endowment: $556 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Worcester, Massachusetts


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

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The Presidential Task Force for the Environment has written a climate action plan, assisted in hiring an assistant director of environmental services to manage campus sustainability, and created a transportation manager position to oversee the shuttle system. In keeping with the college's purchasing policy, 100 percent of appliances purchased are Energy Star compliant.
Holy Cross reduced per capita carbon emissions 24 percent between 2007 and 2008. To decrease energy use, the college has installed energy management systems, timers for temperature control, and electric metering in most campus buildings. Temperature setbacks and steam trap systems have also been implemented. Real-time campus energy use is displayed on a dashboard in the science center.
Dining services spends 25 percent of its food budget on local products. All milk served on campus is hormone free, and fair trade coffee is available at all dining locations. To reduce waste, discounts are given to customers who use reusable mugs and dishware; almost all meals are trayless; and cooking oil is recycled. At the end of the year, the Trash for Treasure program allows for unwanted items to be donated.
The college's green building policy mandates that all major construction and renovation projects be built to LEED Silver standards, and two campus buildings are LEED Silver certified. To reduce water use, efficient washing machines, water metering, and low-flow fixtures have been installed in almost all buildings. Stormwater is managed through a retention pond and underground recharge tank.
Students for Environmental Action provides their peers with tools to encourage elected officials to enact clean energy legislation and has also organized a park clean-up, numerous barn raisings to make buildings more efficient, and a black-out hour in residence halls. Incoming first-year students are shown a video during orientation about ways to live sustainably on campus.
First-years and sophomores are not allowed to bring cars to campus; they are encouraged to use the free shuttles that go to local destinations, shopping malls, airports, and to other colleges in Worcester. The college partners with a car-sharing program, and preferential parking is reserved for employees who carpool to work or drive hybrid cars.
The college makes a list of all holdings available at the investment office to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. Only information about asset allocation is available at the investment office to the public. The college does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds/commingled funds public.
The college aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds. The college is also exploring endowment investment in on-campus energy and water efficiency projects.
The college is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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