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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 63.92
Liaison Rania Assariotaki
Submission Date Dec. 15, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

The American College of Greece
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.60 / 4.00 Michael Valahas
Dr.
Center of Excellence for Sustainability/Environmental Studies
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Air & Climate?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Air & Climate:

A newly installed meteorological station operates within the facilities of ACG. The Aghia Paraskevi weather station is part of the National Observatory of Athens network and is operated by the department of Science and mathematics through its Environmental Studies Program. Data is public and forms the background for local climate measurements by students and faculty for their projects and academic learning.

Within the context of several courses within the Environmental Studies major air quality is also measured around campus for GhG and various other substances


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Buildings?:
No

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Buildings:
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Energy?:
No

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Energy:
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Food & Dining?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Food & Dining:

The ACG Health & Wellness Center organizes wellness campaigns in the form of week-long events. Some of the topics that are addressed are the following:spirituality, healthy food choices, responsible alcohol consumption, and eating disorders. On campus workshops, displays and cooking demonstrations are offered on a regular basis throughout the year.
Additionally, private consultations on diet and exercise are systematically offered to students, faculty and staff


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Grounds?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Grounds:

Green Roof research is conducted by faculty and students within the Environmental Studies major.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Purchasing?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Purchasing:

“Supply Chain Management” MBA course, where students worked on real sustainability concepts that had to do with on-site research of the Downtown campus.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Transportation?:
No

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Transportation:
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Waste?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Waste:

An environmental audit on waste was held to document the present generation of waste, including main waste streams, and recycling practices at the Aghia Paraskevi campus of the American College of Greece (ACG) in order to develop a baseline against which the College environmental performance can be compared.

The audit also aimed to identify opportunities for improvements. It relies on the data that the students of the Environmental Science Honors Seminar “Greening the Campus: Water and Waste” collected and analyzed in spring 2012, the first of a series of such courses to be offered annually, and some additional information that was collected after the completion of the course (in summer 2012). - See more at: http://www.acg.edu/about-acg/sustainability-at-acg/acg-sustainable-practices#sthash.lk0eP3Qw.dpuf


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Water?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Water:

The Waste Audit which was conducted in spring 2012, aimed to document the present water consumption and quality at the American College of Greece (ACG) campus, in order to develop a baseline against which the College environmental performance can be compared, and also to identify opportunities for improvements. Emphasis however was put on water consumption.

The report relies on the data that the students of the Environmental Studies Honors Seminar “Greening the Campus: Water and Waste collected and analyzed in spring 2012, the first of a series of such courses to be offered annually, and some additional information / measurements that were collected after the completion of the course (in summer 2012).
- See more at: http://www.acg.edu/about-acg/sustainability-at-acg/acg-sustainable-practices#sthash.lk0eP3Qw.dpuf


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Coordination & Planning?:
No

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Coordination & Planning:
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Diversity & Affordability?:
No

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Diversity & Affordability:
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Investment & Finance?:
No

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Investment & Finance:
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Public Engagement?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Public Engagement:

Using an interdisciplinary approach (that combines history with sociology and communication) and a variety of different texts (theoretical, oral, visual), the course HHU2211 aims to sensitize students to the functions and significance of orality as a means of articulating as well as shaping history and social experience, both private and public. Major emphasis is placed on experiential learning of the subject, as much of the course will involve on-site instruction and service work. Students will work under the guidance of the instructor on specified subjects that will vary from semester to semester.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Wellbeing & Work?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Wellbeing & Work:

Infectious Disease gamification, modelling and public health assessments are carried out routinely by students within the International Honors Program and more specifically the HSE 2210 Course on Infectious Disease in Society. This particular course uses experiential learning techniques in order to relate the burden of infectious disease within the campus


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to other areas (e.g. arts & culture or technology)?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to other areas:

ART
Within the Francis Rich School of performing arts several student installation art projects are routinely taking place utilizing the infra-structure of the buildings and relating artistic meaning to the campus. In addition the artworks on display ( both internal and externally) form part of the syllabus within the FR School of fine and performing Arts.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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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.