Stonehill provides reusable to-go containers to all incoming freshmen in an effort to reduce the use of single use to-go containers. To-go containers can also be purchased at Roche Dining Commons for $3. When done using a to-go container, students drop them off at the library or Roche Dining Commons in exchange for a carabineer. They then exchange the carabineer for a clean to-go container the next time they visit a one of the dining halls. A video advertising this initiative was created by Ellen Edgerton, class of 2017.
With single stream recycling, all recycled materials can be mixed together in the same container. The recycling containers around campus have been labeled with the side image to help aid in the recycling process.
Stonehill has taken steps to reduce the amount of water usage on campus.
In partnership with Sodexo, Stonehill composts all pre-consumer scraps including cooking oil, vegetable scraps, and coffee grounds. Students are able to compost post-consumer items such as fruits, vegetables, and salad scraps. All compost in the Commons is retrieved and brought to the farm where it is used to enrich soil and nurture crops.
Zipcar is a car sharing program that students are able to use by signing up online. The focus of Zipcar is to reduce congestion and pollution by taking excess cars off roads.
Meatless Mondays encourage the student body to abstain from meat on Mondays. The dining hall offers more meatless options on Mondays to aid students in this commitment.
Freshman Green Kits
Stonehill’s commitment to being more sustainable and instilling environmental behavior and values in incoming students has resulted freshman “Green Kits”. Green Kits are a basic starter kit to sustainable living here at Stonehill. All incoming freshman receive their Green Kit at fall orientation in a recycling bin for their dorm room containing a hand towel, laundry detergent pods, a reusable to-go container, reusable hot and cold tumblers, pens, a notebook, a reusable bag, and a recycling bin.
The Field Guide was created to make it easier to study and appreciate the plants and animals on Stonehill's campus.