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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 54.45
Liaison Claudia Kent
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Haverford College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jesse Lytle
Chief of Staff
Office of the President
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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:

Committee on Environmental Responsibility

Mission: The Committee for Environmental Responsibility (CER) was created by the students, faculty and staff of Haverford College and founded on the socially responsible principles of the college. CER has a deep concern and respect for all communities of which it is a part, both social and ecological. Our mission, therefore, is to educate our community towards an awareness of global concerns and to set a positive example of forward thinking, environmental stewardship for our campus and for other colleges to follow. To do this, CER works to ensure that environmental concern is an integral part of Haverford College’s daily life informing our curriculum, administrative decisions and maintenance of facilities and grounds.

History: At the fall plenary meeting of 2000, the students of Haverford College voted to form the Committee on Environmental Responsibility Resolution on campus. The resulting Committee for Environmental Responsibility (CER) was composed of four students appointed by Student’s Council, two professors, two staff members, and an administrator appointed by the President of the College, and was charged with creating an environmental policy for Haverford. Over the next two years, CER members researched college environmental policies, presented drafts of policies at faculty and staff meetings, and held open community meetings on the evolving policy. In the fall of 2003, the policy, A Vision For a Green Haverford, was formally accepted by the President and senior administrators, and is official college policy. The policy affirms Haverford’s support of environmental principles and guides current and future college practices. Additionally, CER was recognized as a Presidential Committee, and as such is directly responsible to the president and senior administration.

Due in a large part to CER’s efforts, the Gardner Integrated Athletic Center was built with environmental principles in mind, and received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification at the Gold level. It is one of the first LEED certified athletic buildings in the country. Other projects that CER continues to be involved in include developing an environmental curriculum at Haverford, raising student awareness through campus wide energy and paper saving campaigns, and bringing composting to the dining hall.


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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:

The Haverford College Farm (Haverfarm) Initiative
A student organization with a mission to create food gardens and similar green spaces on campus for the benefit and use of the Haverford community. We seek to reconnect the Haverford community to the physical landscape and to the process of food production that is rooted in the land. By providing spaces for sustainable food production and education, the HaverFarm contributes to Haverford’s commitment to environmental sustainability. We envision the gardens as both academic and recreational spaces where students and other community members can work alongside one another for fun, for educational purposes, or for research projects.

The Haverfarm is part of a burgeoning program tentatively called ACES, which stands for the Agricultural Center for Environmental Studies. The program is the brain child of the 2014 senior capstone in environmental studies that sought to utilize the interdisciplinary expertise of the students in the class to make a positive impact on the Haverford community by more deeply embedding environmental issues and consciousness into the campus. The center seeks to engage the intersection of environmental issues and agriculture on campus.

There is a new greenhouse that serves as the center for ACES and provides a place for students to engage with farming for the entire academic year. The Haverfarm is the farm component of the center. At the moment, the Haverfarm is growing vegetables on approximately 1/5th of an acre. The farm is recognized as a student club that engages the interest of many underclass students in agriculture, and provide its produce to the campus community, the Dining Center as well as the local Ardmore Food Bank.


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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:

Lunt Cafe is 100% student run and student staffed.
Lunt Cafe operates as both a non-profit business and a student club. As such, we work for the benefit of Haverford & Bryn Mawr students, both our customers and employees. To this end, we maintain extremely reasonable prices and hours, host a variety of student events, and pay our staff above-market wages. We recieve support and funding from Students' Council through the Student Activities Budget, which goes towards price & wage subsidies aimed at student welfare. Lunt has been serving Haverford College since 1982, and we look forward to continuing and improving our service in the future.


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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:

There are three core programs which enable students to engage with sustainable development and investment at Haverford:

1. The Council on Sustainability and Social Responsibility includes faculty, staff, and students. They operate a small "sin portfolio" of holdings of corporations that they have selected to work to influence corporate policies in the areas of sustainability and corporate responsibility.

The following are part of the Haverford Microfinance Impact and Investing Initiative (Mi3), which is supported by Professor Shannon Mudd of the Economics department.

2. Carter Road Capital: Is a student run microfinance initiative at Haverford that provides loans to small businesses in the area who otherwise would not have access to capital. The club has done national and international research prior to actually making loans and will make its first loans in spring 2014
3. Impact Investing:
Mi3 has joined Investors Circle (IC), an angel network focused on impact investing. Mi3 participates in the IC Philly group that meets monthly, inviting entrepreneurs to pitch their business plans to the IC Philly Investors. Utilizing students in an Impact Investing course and subsequent Independent studies, Mi3 conducts due diligence on potential investments in order to direct funds from the foundation of a Haverford Alum.

Mi3 recently helped close its first investment, a $25,000 purchase of a convertible note in a LED design and manufacturing firm. Mi3 is currently exploring two other investments, including one into a firm that provides funding for energy retrofits for organizations with sub 50,000 buildings that are usually excluded from standard bank lending.

Claire Perry
Haverford College '14


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:

The College hosts an annual Public Policy forum that includes environmental and sustainability policy.

In 2016-17 the College hosted a scientific ethics symposium that addressed environmental and sustainability issues.

Many, many other campus speakers address sustainability with regular frequency; this year speakers included Fred Krupp, Josh Fox, Yvon Chouinard and others.


The website URL where information about the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability is available (optional):
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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:

In 2016-17 the College's Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery hosted the exhibition "Resistance After Nature."

Curated by Kendra Sullivan & Dylan Gauthier, Resistance After Nature tracks the practices of artists who imagine and construct alternative approaches to such entangled ecological, political, and economic issues as Indigenous sovereignty and water rights, the fossil economy, ocean acidification, and deforestation.


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:

The Haverford Outdoors Club is a student club that runs outdoor activities such as hiking trips and rock climbing expeditions for students. The club is run on leave no trace principles.


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors programs is available (optional):
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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:

Sustainability planning was a theme for the 2016-17 academic year, which included special programming at Friends & Family Weekend, Commencement, and throughout the year.


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:

E-House (Ehaus) is a co-op on Haverford's campus that works to live in a more environmentally sustainable way and bring awareness about the possibilities and impacts of living this way.

Ehaus is a group of students modeling a cooperative lifestyle as a commitment to strengthening our environmental consciousness. We are an intentional community that strives to eat ethically, waste less, and find alternatives to environmentally damaging forms of consumption. These practices manifest themselves in nightly dinners as a haus, weekly community meals, and environmental education through speakers, films, workshops and discussions. All haus members assume responsibility for contributing to the collective mission, while also holding each other accountable for their actions. Ehaus is redefined each year by the community members that live in the haus, and alongside the commitment to environmental justice, we want to cultivate a space for other forms of activism.


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:

There are two sustainability positions for students. Both are paid. One is the sustainability assistant, which is the paid student worker on the Committee for Environmental Responsibility. The student worker organizes and facilitates meetings, conducts research and does anything that needs to be done for the committee. The second position is the sustainability outreach coordinator, who works on communication issues around sustainability.


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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:


Haverfordians for a Liveable Future is the student activist group.
Ethos Food Initiative is the sustainable food student group.
Ehaus is the environmental living cooperative.


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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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