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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 58.11
Liaison Melissa Tier
Submission Date April 19, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Swarthmore College
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Aurora Winslade
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Crum Woods Stewardship Committee and the Restoration Plan for the Crum Woods

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:

The Crum Woods Stewardship Committee consists of faculty, students, and administrators working together to plan for the protection, restoration, and stewardship of the over 200 acre Crum Woods. Since 2000, the Committee has produced a number of reports and guidelines on the stewardship, conservation, and deer management in the Crum. This group regularly meets to discuss issues, campus initiatives, and projects. They are currently finalizing a Restoration Plan to plan for the future of the Crum Woods.

Mike Rolli was hired utilizing SEPTA restoration money from 2015-2017 as the Crum Woods Restoration Assistant on the recommendation of the Crum Woods Stewardship committee (CWSC). He has overseen or been involved with removing exotic invasive plants, tree planting, and trail maintenance, as well as running outreach programs including tree planting for first-year students, public “Woods Walks”, and various showcase events for Alumni, parents, and Green Advisors (students who mentor dorm mates in sustainability).

Other initiatives stemming from the CWSC actions include annual deer culls, deer exclosures, and a signpost system that details trail names, maps, and safety hazards for visitors to the Crum Woods.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Enagement
Grounds
Coordination & Planning

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 programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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