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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 Silver
Overall Score 47.40
Liaison Havina Georgieva
Submission Date April 4, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

FIE: Foundation for International Education
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Deanna Gouros
External Communication Coordinator
External Communication
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

FIE looks at sustainability from a holistic perspective, embedding its values into its website, working practices and academics.

Whilst FIE highlights 'sustainability', we have moved away from a 'tick-box' process and as such one can find sustainability references throughout the website as a whole. For example, one can find web pages on FIE's Student Switch Off scheme, Sustainability Lecture series, memberships to several sustainability-focused groups, FIE's Carbon Foot Printing Scheme (in partnership with Climate Care), Two-Tips Tuesday, Meat-Free Mondays, and Food 101 Class. Please see below links to the aboved mentioned:

http://www.fie.org.uk/about-us/our-values/fie-supports
http://www.fie.org.uk/institutions/memberships-affiliations
http://www.fie.org.uk/about-us/our-values/sustainability


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

FIE utilises various social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to promote FIE's sustainability schemes and ethics. It should be noted that not one per-se is used solely for sustainability; however, throughout FIE's online platforms -- including FIE's own website -- all FIE sustainbility schemes are promoted and in particular, Meat-Free Mondays, Two-Tips Tuesday and the Student Switch Off (SSO) campaign.


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
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Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
No

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

Scholarships
All enrolling students can apply for one of FIE's many scholarships. FIE's main semester scholarship, The Sharif Rahman Memorial Scholarship (worth $3,000) invites students to choose one pathway from three topics to discuss as part of their application process. The three application routes have been chosen to complement FIE’s core values.

The first scholarship pathway or 'Route 1' is FIE's 'Diversity or Inclusivity' route, which does by its very nature require students to 'think outside of the box' to encompass an open approach to society. During the FIE semester, the scholarship recipient is tasked to select one under-represented minority group within the student community and put together a resource guide to meet the needs of someone from this group arriving in London for the first time. The completed guide is then meant to assist future students and help raise awareness about that particular under-represented group.

The second scholarship pathway or 'Route 2' is the 'Environmental Responsibility' route. During the FIE semester, the scholarship recipient is tasked with implementing one environmental initiative under supervision of FIE's Sustainability in Action Group Committee.

FIE's third scholarship pathway 'Route 3' focuses on The Marol Academy, which is a charity based in South Sudan that FIE supports. The Marol Academy was set up with a sustainable approach to education in a deprived part of the world. The academy promotes gender equality in education and teaches its pupils sustainable practices relevant to their immediate area and country. The school itself also invests in sustainable resources to run the school. During the FIE semester, the scholarship recipient is tasked to organise a fundraising event that is not only fun for FIE students but also raises awareness about The Marol Academy.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
No

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :
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The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

In all student residence kitchens, sustainable food recipe cards exist. Also, FIE encourages a 'Meat-Free Monday' where students are encouraged not to eat or cook meat and are explained what the environmental benefits are in doing this.

Please see attached an example of an FIE recipe card.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
No

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

Fie is an urban campus.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Students are given a map at orientation showing them the walkable distances for shopping, residences etc. FIE’s Foundation House’s front-hall entry also displays a large map of FIE's Kensington Campus, illustrating nearby museums, tube stops and prominent city buildings.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

As part of their study package, all FIE students are given a tube and/or bus pass for central London. In addition, FIE recommends sustainable taxi services to students as opposed to regular ones (e.g. Green Tomato Cars).


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
No

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

As we are a study abroad provider in the London, students do not arrive with bicycles as their stay is generally one semester. In London they are encouraged to use the Transport for London cycles that are available all over the city center.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

As part of their pre-departure and orientation, all FIE students are informed of FIE's sustainability mission. Please see FIE's website link below for more details on how FIE encourages students to incorporate sustainability into their residential experience. It is also worth noting that all FIE students live on campus and only those with extenuating circumstances do not.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

All FIE computers (both in student residence computer labs and campus classroom laptops) have a special screen saver to encourage everyone (students, faculty and staff alike) to 'turn-off' their computer after use.

FIE has also diligently ensured that every light switch – in both student residence halls and on campus (classrooms, staff offices, restrooms)—has a sticker to remind everyone to 'switch-off' the light before exiting.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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.