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Report Card 2011

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St. Lawrence University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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St. Lawrence University

School details:

Endowment: $219 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Canton, New York


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.

Overall grade  
St. Lawrence University is committed to sustainability through a formal policy. Two committees and a coordinator of sustainability projects implement environmental initiatives on campus. The school has a green purchasing policy and buys some Energy Star-certified products and environmentally preferable paper products. An alumni green fund is in place to raise money for sustainability projects.
A climate action plan with greenhouse gas reduction goals has been drafted, and the school has implemented energy management systems, among other efficiency technologies. The university has a 1.8-kilowatt educational photovoltaic array and purchases 15 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.
St. Lawrence spends approximately 10 percent of its food budget on local products, grows its own herbs in an on-campus garden, and buys organic products, including vegetables and grains. Some fish is purchased according to sustainability guidelines, and fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate are available at some dining locations. The school offers discounts for using a reusable mug, and all dining halls are trayless.
All new construction must meet LEED Silver standards, and renovations aim to meet at least LEED Certified criteria. The Johnson Hall of Science is LEED Gold certified, and four other buildings meet LEED-EB criteria. St. Lawrence has completed several adaptive reuse projects since 2000, has installed water conservation technologies, such as efficient laundry machines, and uses retention ponds and vegetated swales for stormwater management.
The Greenhouse is home to ten students, and new students are introduced to sustainability through post-orientation programming. Students participate in an annual energy conservation competition, and groups such as the Environmental Action Organization and Lettuce Turnip the Beet work to raise campus awareness of sustainability issues, including local food and climate change.
The 200-acre developed campus is closed to cars and is pedestrian friendly. A quarter of all employees commute to campus using alternative forms of transportation, and a bike-sharing program was started in 2004. The motor fleet contains some electric and hybrid vehicles.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to the general public upon request. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds.
The university is unable to vote proxies for the majority of the endowment, which is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. A member of the university administration determines proxy votes for the remaining holdings.
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