For the second year in a row, Stonehill has been recognized for its commitment to protecting the environment as The Princeton Review included the College in its guide to the most environmentally responsible schools.
One of 353 colleges and universities nationwide on the 2015 list, Stonehill celebrated its inaugural inclusion on the list last April. The Princeton Review first published the guide in 2010. It remains the only free, annually updated downloadable guide to green colleges.
The Princeton Review's Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities. The profiles in the guide give college applicants information about each school's admission requirements, cost and financial aid, as well as student body facts and stats.
“We strongly recommend Stonehill and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges," said The Princeton Review's Robert Franek, Senior VP-Publisher.
The Stonehill Goes Green campus-wide initiative, which began several years ago, promotes environmental sustainability within the College community through policies and practices including recycling, efficient energy use, and waste reduction.
Over the last four years, Stonehill has established many sustainability solutions including:
- Zipcars for student and employee use
- Hiring an Energy Manager
- Establishing a $10,000 Green Fund
- Installing new showerheads in residence halls (which saves approximately 4 million gallons of water per year)
- Reducing the use of bottled water on campus via the ”Think Outside the Bottle” Campaign
- Composting approximately 100 pounds of food per day from dining services
- Instituting “Grab the Green” week, which features reusable to-go containers
- Single-Stream Recycling
- The installation of a 2.7 megawatts solar field residing on 15 acres across from the College’s main campus. The energy produced accounts for roughly 20% of Stonehill’s electrical usage.
- Installation of Electric Submeters
- Lighting Retrofits
- Water conservation contests and events
- Electric Car Charging Stations
In 2012 with encouragement from students, Stonehill became the 12th Catholic college in the United States to sign the St. Francis Pledge, which is a public promise to “protect God’s creation and the environment, and to advocate for those who are impacted the most by global climate change.” Recently, current Stonehill President Rev. John Denning, C.S.C. resigned the pledge.