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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 42.59
Liaison Jeffrey Clark
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Lawrence University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Christopher Lee
Vice President Finance and Administration
Administration
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Does the institution have one or more co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that fall into the following categories?:
Yes or No
Active student groups focused on sustainability Yes
Gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems Yes
Student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes Yes
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
Conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience ---
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles Yes
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences Yes
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills Yes
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution Yes
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions No
Other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives ---

The name and a brief description of each student group focused on sustainability:

Greenfire focuses on environmental awareness and sustainability on a local and national scale, Co-op House is a sustainable food organization, Sustainable Lawrence University Gardens (SLUG) is a student-run, non-profit project of Lawrence University. The gardens consist of a five hive honeybee apiary, perennial fruit tree orchard, and 1/4 acre annual garden with a 90-foot hoop house. SLUG is the organization that created and manages the campus garden. LU Food Recovery is an organization that takes the leftover food scraps from our dining hall to local food shelters so the food does not go to waste. And the Environmental Responsibility Committee coordinates sustainable efforts on campus, while overseeing an Environmental Initiative Grant.


The website URL where information about student groups is available:
A brief description of gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems:

The Sustainable Lawrence University Garden (SLUG) is 0.25 acre organic garden that is entirely student-managed and staffed by student volunteers. In addition to growing food for the campus cafeteria, SLUG composts approximately 35 tons of kitchen waste annually. The gardens consist of a five hive honeybee apiary, perennial fruit tree orchard, and 1/4 acre annual garden with a 90-foot hoop house.


The website URL where information about the organic agriculture and/or sustainable food systems projects and initiatives is available:
A brief description of student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes:

The Sustainable Lawrence University Garden (SLUG) is managed as a sustainable business, including a long-term contract with the campus dining facility to provide food and compost kitchen waste. The income generated by has allowed students to expand the operation into a fruit orchard and bee-keeping as well.


The website URL where information about the student-run enterprise(s) is available:
A brief description of the sustainable investment or finance initiatives:

In 2011, the student government voted to create a $5 per term ($15 per academic year) "Sustainability Fee" for all students, beginning in the 2012-2013 academic year. The Board of Trustees recently approved this fee, and the resultant fund will be managed jointly by students, faculty and staff.


The website URL where information about the sustainable investment or finance initiatives is available:
A brief description of conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

Earth Week involves a variety of speakers and other student programming; the Spoerl Lecture Series is an endowed lecture series which is generally scheduled to coincide with the annual Environmental Studies symposium; the Students in Sustainable Agriculture conference is a series of speakers and workshops for student gardeners from across the country. Additionally, many student organizations bring in speakers, show films, and organize discussions around sustainable ideas and practices. Special programs such as the Extreme Ice Survey is an example of a campus program.


The website URL where information about the event(s) is available:
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A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:
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The website URL where information about the cultural arts event(s) is available:
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A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:

The Outdoor Recreation Club (ORC) is a student organization that regularly organizes outdoor trips, including kayaking, camping, hiking, trail running, and orienteering. Because ORC supplies the gear for these trips, the opportunities are available to the entire student body. Bird and Nature club fosters an appreciation for the natural world through bird-watching and othe forms of observing nature.


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors program(s) is available:
A brief description of sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

Sustainable China: Conservation, Commerce, and Culture is a term devoted to understanding sustainability in China and ends with a culminating experience in 5 different cities in China. The Sierra Leone experience, a Lawrence based scholarship program for children in Sierra Leone is a term of studying a a cultural aspect or environmental aspect. For a term before visiting Sierra Leone, one option for students is to take a class called : Environmental Challenges in Africs which will explore water scarcity, deforestation, desertification, mining/natural resource exploitation, wildlife conservation, urban pollution, e-waste, population issues, land use (including agriculture). marine term, semester at sea, other study abroad experiences


The website URL where information about the theme is available:
A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

There is sustainability themed houses in three houses on campus, the SLUG (Sustainable Lawrence University Garden) House, Greenfire House, and Co-op house. All of these houses try to eat locally and values sustainability through actions like waste reduction, recycling, and eating local and organic food.. To share their practices with the rest of campus, they have open to campus events throughout the year.


The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills program(s) is available:
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A brief description of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities:

There are jobs available at the Diversity Center and the service corps jobs available with the Volunteer and Community Service Center.


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A brief description of graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions:
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The website URL where information about the graduation pledge program is available:
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:
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