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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 38.32
Liaison Patrick McKee
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Eastern Kentucky University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Patrick McKee
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups focused on sustainability:

The Green Crew is a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and friends dedicated to increasing sustainability on the Eastern Kentucky University campus and throughout the community. They foster sustainable campus efforts through education, activism, and personal responsibility. They meet weekly to discuss opportunities and plan events.


The website URL where information about the student groups is available (optional):
Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

Agriculture students can participate in growing, selling, and maintaining native plants and produce by working at the EKU RedBarn. The EKU Community Gardens are open to all students, staff, and faculty members. During the growing season, the Madison County Farmer's Market meets on EKU's campus to sell produce and homemade goods weekly.

Community Gardens: http://wellness.eku.edu/community-garden
RedBarn: http://agriculture.eku.edu/insidelook/horticulture-students-offer-eku-grown-produce-red-barn-garden
Farmer's Market: http://wellness.eku.edu/farmers-market


The website URL where information about the gardens, farms or agriculture projects is available (optional):
Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

Caffeinated Colonels is a student run coffee and tea shop that uses locally roasted, organic, fair trade coffee. It is designed to be a haven for students, both customers and employees, who seek a refuge from the stresses of college life.

http://www.easternprogress.com/2015/02/17/caffeinated-colonel-coffee-shop-to-open-in-the-wesley-foundation-building-on-campus/


The website URL where information about the student-run enterprises is available (optional):
Does the institution have sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

EKU has a Sustainability Fund through its Office of Development & Alumni Relations that serves as an account for individuals, groups, and organizations to fund sustainability initiatives on campus. The University also has a separate fund for on site solar energy development called Photons for the Future! This fund provides capital for developing solar PV on site, in which the equivalent energy savings are awarded as scholarships to students each Fall.

Photons for the Future!:https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1763/index.aspx?sid=1763&gid=2&pgid=524&cid=1360&dids=226
Sustainability Fund: http://solar.eku.edu/


The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

EKU hosts a speaker series known as the "Chautauqua Lecture Series." Which focuses on environmental, and social sustainability topics. Previous speakers of notoriety have included Naomi Kline, Anthony Barnosky, and Michael Waltman.


The website URL where information about the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability is available (optional):
Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:

TrashFash - an annual fashion runway show featuring handmade items consisting of recycled material. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0HWByHNIok

EKULocal Festival - an annual festival that brings local artisans, craftspeople, and small local and sustainable businesses on campus to sell their goods to students. Link: http://www.easternprogress.com/2017/08/22/ekulocal-2/

EcoArt Show - a semi annual art gallery and reception that highlights sustainable artwork created by students.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts events, installations or performances is available (optional):
Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
Yes

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

EKU's Campus REC Adventure Programs series provides students with a number of trips to engage with nature. During camping trips Leave No Trace principles are followed.


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors programs is available (optional):
Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

EKU recognizes the month of April as Earth Month and October as Sustainability month and plans numerous student and community activities throughout the month to elevate the focus on sustainability.


The website URL where information about the sustainability-related themes is available (optional):
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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

The Eco Reps program provides students who live on campus with tools to live more sustainably in their personal lives. Many of our students come from service regions where things like recycling infrastructure may not exist. We provide educational tools through this program to students like the "Resident Sustainability Checklist" and "What Goes Where? recycling flyers.

Resident Sustainability Checklist: http://sustainability.eku.edu/sites/sustainability.eku.edu/files/files/Resident%20Hall%20Sustainability%20Checklist.pdf

What Goes Where Flyer: http://sustainability.eku.edu/sites/sustainability.eku.edu/files/files/What%20Goes%20Where.pdf


The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills programs is available (optional):
Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

The EKU Office of Sustainability hires approximately 4 student employees each semester who work approximately 20 hours per week each. Student employment is an important component to the success of the Office of Sustainability.


The website URL where information about the student employment opportunities is available:
Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledges:
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The website URL where information about the graduation pledges is available (optional):
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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
Yes

A brief description of the other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

Numerous volunteer opportunities are available throughout the academic year in partnership with several other University departments. Volunteer opportunities are listed on EKU's volunteer portal page, Org Sync. Some examples include:
Paddle out Pollution - litter cleanup via kayaks on Lake Reba
Recyclegate - Gameday challenge recycling event
American Chestnut Orchard cleanup & planting events


The website URL where information about other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives is available (optional):
Estimated percentage of students (full-time and part-time) that participate annually in sustainability-focused co-curricular education and outreach programs (0-100):
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.