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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 59.95
Liaison Tim Albertson
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

North Seattle College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Tim Albertson
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Development Services
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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:

Most recently, an environmental focused club, named EcoLogic was formed by students. They are seeking to assist with sustainability efforts and outreach on campus. Prior, a Student Environmental Club, named EARTH, met as recently as 2015. Standing for 'Environmental Action and Restoring the Heritage' they work to increase action regarding environmental and social issues on campus. In part, this club was transformed into the Student Leadership Sustainability Board that, and the campus is encouraged to attend its weekly meetings to get involved in its outreach campaigns.

Other active sustainability-related groups include the African Cultural Empowerment, Feminist Alliance, La Raza Unida, LGBTQIA+ Club, and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).


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:

We are proudly hosting the newest Seattle City P-Patch, representing the first partnership between the City and Washington State to make an organic, community garden.

In recent years, NSC also partnered with a local CSA, Oxbow, and served as a drop off point.


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)?:
No

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:
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The website URL where information about the student-run enterprises is available (optional):
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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?:
No

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
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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 Sustainability Board hosts yearly Earth Day Symposiums that includes presentations and tabling from local non-profits. The Board also hosted a Sustainable Food Forum on 2/23/17, featuring student group presentation, and guest speakers. Social Justice related events include a quarterly speaker series focused on race.


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?:
No

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the cultural arts events, installations or performances is available (optional):
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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:

An Environmental Science instructor regularly takes his class and other interested students to learn about glaciers and rock formations on a tour of Mount St. Helens. Sustainability principles are essential to all of this instructor's courses. As recently as 2015, the NSC hiking club organizes hiking, backpacking, wilderness outings for any campus community member that is interested.


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:

The Integrated Studies program uses sustainability-related themes regularly. Phi Theta Kappa used sustainable food as theme in 2016-17.


The website URL where information about the sustainability-related themes is available (optional):
Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
No

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills programs is available (optional):
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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 Sustainability Office supports a number of work study and student leadership sustainability board members. Students align sustainability with their professional and academic goals while being provide a breadth of sustainability related tasks built largely around the AASHE STARS framework.


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:

The Sustainability Office supports instruction by providing co-curricular support. For instance, in 2016-17, an instructor focused on Sustainable Food in their English courses, and the Sustainability Office and Sustainability Board held monthly meetings on sustainable food, organized a student survey, and hosted a Sustainable Food Forum on February 23, 2017 with guest speakers.


The website URL where information about other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives is available (optional):
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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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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.