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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 56.83
Liaison Liz Davey
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Tulane University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Liz Davey
Director
Office of Sustainability
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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 Yes
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles Yes
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences No
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 No

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

The Tulane Green Club is a student environmental service and education organization dedicated to building and encouraging awareness of environmental problems and working on solutions. Notable accomplishments from the previous three years include launching Tulane's first residential composting system, switching library bulk printer paper orders to recycled paper, and organizing a "Second Line for Sustainability" and educational forums about energy and climate change. Tulane Green Club is one of the largest clubs on campus, and members complete around 200 community service hours each semester.


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 Hope Gardens Project is a Tulane community service initiative dedicated to reviving the tradition of local gardens in the Ninth Ward. Their goal is to promote sustainability, healthy eating, and leadership skills within the vibrant community of the Lower Ninth Ward. This is a student-governed organization.

Additionally, the Juggling Club maintains a community garden on campus behind Wall Residential College.


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:

Begun during 2013-14, Trash to Treasure is a student-governed organization on campus that reduces move out waste by collecting students discarded items in the spring then reselling them at heavily discounted prices in the fall. All proceeds go to continuing the program and any extras go to New Orleans charities.


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

Tulane Environmental Action League (TEAL): TEAL is a student-governed group that has the purpose of creating grassroots campaigns that are related to the environment and climate change. TEAL’s current campaign is Divest Tulane, which is an initiative that seeks to remove Tulane’s investments from fossil fuel companies. This campaign teaches students not only about sustainability, but also helps to develop socially, environmentally, and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills, as students learn about sustainable reinvestment options to propose to Tulane administrators.


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:

NewDay Social Entrepreneurship Distinguished Speakers Series presents prominent leaders from across the field of social entrepreneurship to share their own experiences, challenges, insights, thoughts, and recommendations to students and the community. The speakers work for social justice and social change in communities and throughout the world. The speaker series provides the Tulane community an opportunity to meet and engage with some of the most remarkable people working in the area of social entrepreneurship today.

Tulane University holds dozens of conferences and seminars each semester regarding sustainability through the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Visit http://tulane.edu/sse/eebio/news-and-events/seminars/


The website URL where information about the event(s) is available:
A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise is an exhibition of works from various periods examines the role the Newcomb Pottery Enterprise played in promoting art for the betterment of women, and in turn, New Orleans’ business and cultural communities, still struggling from the effects of the Civil War. The exhibit was presented from Nov. 2013-March 2014 at the Newcomb Gallery on the Uptown campus. The exhibit features significant examples of the iconic pottery, including the recently acquired daffodil motif vase by Harriet Joor, as well as lesser known textiles, metalwork, jewelry, bookbinding and historical artifacts. It will offer new insights into the Newcomb community—the philosophy, the friendships, the craftsmanship, and the women who made an enduring mark on American art and industry.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts event(s) is available:
A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:

The Reily Student Recreation Center’s Outdoor Program offers Tulane students a variety of outdoor escapes. The program plans a dozen trips per semester so that Tulanians can experience the unique outdoor opportunities available in the Gulf Coast region. The program is directed by a staff member of Reily Recreation Center, but trips also have student leaders.


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:
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A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

The Paterson House Wellness Community is a sustainability-themed residence hall that offers students the opportunity to explore all aspects of a sustainable lifestyle, from a healthy self to a healthy community. Its initiatives give students a chance to stretch, step, and paddle in a new direction and to help build a healthy, environmentally friendly community on campus. Activities and events for Paterson residents focus on all facets of wellness: personally, in the community, and globally.


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

Tulane Office of Sustainability employs student interns who are responsible for undertaking projects that relate to campus sustainability. Examples of projects include planning Recyclemania, collecting information to rate the Tulane campus on sustainability, and planning and carrying out an event for America Recycles Day on campus to encourage campus-wide recycling participation.


The website URL where information about the student employment opportuntities is available:
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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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The website URL where information about other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives is available:
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