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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.

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Liaison John Cook
Submission Date May 31, 2013
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STARS v1.2

University of California, Riverside
ER-T2-8: Themed Semester or Year

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Director of Sustainability
Sustainability
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Has the institution chosen a sustainability-related theme for its themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the past three years?:
Yes

A brief description of the themed semester, year, or first-year experience:

The 2011 – 2012 CHASS Freshmen will be introduced to questions about Sustainability through Henry David Thoreau’s Economy (the first chapter of Walden) during their Orientation. The reading and discussion questions will be available from the Annual Theme Web-site. Prof. Juliet McMullin, Anthropology, will introduce a cohort of CHASS Freshmen to the cultural processes involved in contemporary sustainability practices and projects through an examination of food security, health, the built environment, social justice, education, and any new issues students discover during the course. In their CHASS Connect sequence, Farah Godrej, Political Science; Geoff Cohen, English and CHASS F1RST; Susan Straight, Creative Writing will try to answer the question: Are we the Earth’s Stewards?
We will have a film series developed by Freya Schiwy and Ruhi Khan of Media and Cultural Studies. Our faculty speaker series will begin in October with John Cook, Sustainability Coordinator, UCR. Over the course of the year, we will draw on voices and concerns from across the campus.


The sustainability-related book that was chosen, if applicable:
Henry David Thoreau’s Economy

The website URL where information about the theme is available:

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