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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
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STARS v2.1

FIE: Foundation for International Education
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mieke Berg
Director of Residence Life
Residence Life
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Sustainability in Experiential Education Practice

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

FIE's Experiential Education Team source small to medium size companies to place our academic internship students. Moreover, the team is advised to source new companies that have a strong sustainability approach and mission.

Regardless of the field or the student's major, all internship students are required to write a final paper on the internship. Within this they are asked sustainability focused questions. These questions change from time to time in regards to their format, however, they are essentially asked:
-What sustainable practices did their placement participate in?
-How in their opinion could this have been improved or changed?
-What have they learnt about sustainability through their internship? How has this changed and/or improved their knowledge of sustainability in the workplace?

It is worth noting that during an intern's selection process (they are asked to select up to 3 working fields), if they ask to work in a sustainability-focused company then FIE's internship staff will do its best to place the student there. For more information and to view the 'Environment & Sustainability' section of our Placement Area guide, please see below.

In addition to placing our academic students, FIE as a company is happy to sponsor student interns. We have had a number of US based Master students work with us via the BUNAC internship abroad system (www.bunac.org). During FIE's induction process, the intern learns FIE's mission and articulated values and is shown how FIE embeds these practices into staff's working lives, academic programs and the institution as a whole. Furthermore, during this induction, the FIE intern is encouraged to do the same.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Curriculum
Public Engagement
Grounds
Wellbeing & Work

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
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.