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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 51.34
Liaison Kat Pohlman
Submission Date April 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kathryn Pohlman
Sustainability Coordinator
EH&S
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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 No
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 ---
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills Yes
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution ---
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions ---
Other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives Yes

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

Environmental Concerns Organization (student-governed)
The purpose of ECO is to: 1. Increase interest in environmental activism. This includes promoting solutions to local, state, and national environmental problems both on and off campus. 2. Provide opportunity for discussion of current events and activities among students. 3. Promote cordial relations among students, educations, and the environment. 4. Provide resources for the UNCW campus community pertaining to environmental issues.
Proposed and got approval for a student fee increase towards sustainable causes

Surfrider Foundation - UNCW Chapter (student-governed)
Dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
Encouraged the campus to ban plastic bags, the only places left are those demanded by franchise

The Coastal Society - UNCW Chapter (student-governed)
Promoting knowledge, understanding, and wise use of coastal environments.

Ducks Unlimited - UNCW Chapter (student-governed)
To educate, protect, and socialize about waterfowl and wetlands.

ONE - UNCW (student-governed)
To mobilize college students in the fight against extreme poverty.

Global Water Brigades - UNCW (student-governed)
As UNCW’s chapter of Global Water Brigades, our mission is to provide clean water sources through infrastructural development, water treatment, community leader training, and education. UNCW Global Water Brigades will recruit student volunteers to assist in designing and implementing water systems to prevent water related illnesses in communities with limited access to clean water. Students will fundraise for the brigade in the months prior to departure and attend regular meetings to learn more about the communities they will serve in and the schedule for the brigade. Our emphasis will be on raising awareness about the necessity of clean water in impoverished communities and inspiring service in the UNCW community.

Active Minds - (student-governed)
To destigmatize mental health disorders by promoting open, enlightened discussion of mental health; and to create a better life for all who suffer. To capitalize on the energy and dedication of young adults in the fight against the stigma that surrounds mental health disorders, and to educate, enlighten, and empower all young adults to ensure their own mental health before it ever reaches a tragic stage.

Clean-up Club (student-governed)
The primary purpose and objective of the Clean-up Club of UNC Wilmington, is to introduce the positive impacts of cleaning up the environment to students of UNCW, in order to assemble a group from the UNCW community dedicated to preserving and protecting the environment through community clean-ups. Through these community clean-ups, club members will take part in direct community service hours by cleaning up the environment in and around the Wilmington community of litter and debris. Specific areas of clean-up interest include roadsides, ditches, shopping areas, community areas and parks, and areas near waterways or bodies of water. The Clean-up Club of UNC Wilmington will have a secondary focus of raising awareness of the effects pollution has on the environment, positive effects of cleaning up pollution, and a multitude of other current and future environmentally-related issues to enhance student and community knowledge.

Global Public Health Brigade - UNCW (student-governed)
The Purpose of GPHB is to go on public health brigades to third world, Latin American countries in order to improve the quality of life of people living in small villages in these countries.

Habitat for Humanity - UNCW Chapter (student-governed)
Habitat for Humanity's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.Habitat for Humanity International's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a path out of poverty.

Half United - UNCW (student-governed)
To be advocates of the Half United Brand and their fight against hunger within the local community.

PRIDE (student-governed)
Provide educational, political, historical, social, support programs and resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and allied (LGBTIQA) students, faculty, and university community; Improve the quality of LGBTIQA lives and increase understanding and acceptance of LGBTIQA individuals in the general university community.

Veterans Education and Transition Support (student-governed)
To provide support for veterans entering the University.
Began working with a community garden as a therapeutic garden in 2015.

Women in Science & Engineering (student-governed)
•TO PROMOTE more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) majors at UNCW and beyond; •TO ENCOURAGE young females in K-12 to engage in STEM; •TO PROVIDE a forum for educational and emotional support; •TO CREATE mentoring opportunities on campus for members in STEM programs (e.g., between faculty and students and between graduate and undergraduate students); • TO ADVOCATE equality in the pursuit of a profession in the STEM fields by women; • TO RECOGNIZE historical and ongoing achievements of women in the STEM fields; •TO PUBLICIZE the professional interests of this organization; •TO ENDEAVOR for excellence and integrity in STEM programs at UNCW; •TO REPRESENT and support UNCW and its STEM programs at professional meetings and excursions away from the University.

Wrightsville Beach Service Club of UNCW (student-governed)
The Wrightsville Beach Service Club’s purpose is to mobilize UNCW student support for service projects that benefit the community on Wrightsville Beach. The club’s focus is to establish and maintain a recycling program for the residents of Wrightsville Beach while also serving as a readymade labor force for community service events and activities on the island. The club plans to accomplish this by enlisting students and residents who live on Wrightsville Beach in our recycling program, then using members to collect and recycle their waste at the municipal recycling center. In addition to facilitating recycling, the club will maintain close contact with organizations and businesses that are already established on the beach to assist in their community service events. By doing so, the club will provide ample opportunity for community service to UNCW students who live on the beach and those who live in Wilmington and wish to serve the beach community.

Combining Generations (student-governed)
The members of this organization will partake in philanthropic events to enrich the Wilmington community. The volunteer work in the Wilmington community will allow connection between traditional college aged students and the many other generations of the world.

Environmental Students Graduation Student Association (student-governed)
To gather among fellow Environmental Studies graduate students and pursue meaningful opportunities around campus and local community to promote environmental awareness and stewardship.

International Student Organization (student-governed)
The purpose of ISO is to be a support system for International students at UNCW, to bring International and American students together in a social setting and facilitate a smooth transition to life in America while promoting study abroad programs.

Invisible Children - UNCW (student-governed)
Spread peace and save lives in the LRA affected regions of Africa

North Carolina World Trade Association (student-governed)
The purpose and objectives of this organization are to introduce its members to the evolving world of global business by increasing awareness of current global trends. This organization strives to establish a professional and cultural foundation through fellowship among globally experienced professionals and peers. These objectives will be met though networking, attending conferences, finding speakers and taking trips or tours with the intent of expanding students’ understanding of the international system.

A Safe Place (student-governed)
The purpose of this organization is to bring light to the issue of modern day slavery in coordination with the local non-profit organization, A Safe Place. Our goal is to educate our fellow UNCW classmates with an awareness of this issue. Our aim is to achieve this goal through our monthly meetings, volunteer opportunities, and educational movie screenings. Through this organization our ultimate hope is that a real conviction for justice would be cultivated among us and those who attend our events.

Student Social Work Organization (student-governed)
The purpose of the Student Social Work Organization is to connect and unify the social work student body through various volunteer activities, social events, and leadership opportunities. The organization is also committed to the pursuit of social welfare, social change and social justice.

Plastic Ocean Porject (student governed)
The purpose of our organization is to provide UNCW students with knowledges of the dangers of plastic pollution and its effect on the marine environment, as well as educate members of the campus community on environmentally friendly ways they can reduce the amount of plastic they consume. Along with providing marine plastic educational opportunities, we plan on providing students with a variety of community outreach opportunities, and allowing them to share their knowledge of marine plastics to other members of the community on and off campus.


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:

UNCW’s sustainable community garden has served as a firsthand educational resource to students while providing produce to the local Food Bank. The garden is planted each year by a group of volunteers and one class, and maintained during the summer as a part of an internship. http://uncw.edu/sustainability/communitygarden.html (student-governed)

"The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has unveiled a 250-gallon aquaponics tank in Wagoner Dining Hall that will act as a learning experience for students and provide fresh food to the dining halls.The aquaponics tank is a joint project between UNCW's departments of sociology and criminology, marine biology and biology, and environmental studies. It combines aquaculture and hydroponic technology, allowing plants and fish to coexist." - WECT (not student-governed)

The Aquaculture Program at UNCW was established to address these constraints and to utilize UNCW’s strategic location in coastal North Carolina and its Center for Marine Science to teach environmental responsibility in conjunction with mariculture technology development. The goals are to develop and transfer to commercial users cost-effective, environmentally sound technologies for marine food production and to mitigate depletion of marine populations through commercial cultivation or stock enhancement.(student-governed)


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

The Green Initiative Fund is a student fee with a board of four people, including one student, that supports sustainable initiatives, research, and projects. Students can apply for mini-grants to fund research and projects. The fee also bridges the financial gap between projects that are economically and environmentally efficient. (not student-governed)


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:

The Friday Seminar Series is sponsored by the Department of Environmental Studies and the Environmental Studies Graduate Student Association each semester. The seminar series educates students about research and conservation work of local professors, students and environmental organizations. (student-governed)


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:

Tunnel of Awareness - Tunnel participants tour a series of connected rooms that present interactive skits, various multimedia and role-playing to raise awareness of societal and globally oppressive acts.


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

Seahawk Adventures is a part of Campus Recreation where students take local and day trips as well as week long trips to areas where they can swim, canoe, climb, paddle board, etc. The Seahawk Adventures team leaders are all trained in Leave No Trace principles and encourage participants to abide by these principles.


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:

Turn Off For What? is a month-long competition between residence halls to see who can save the most water. Students are educated on different methods of reducing water use and encouraged to focus on water savings.
The Sustainability Garden, Aquaponics Demonstration and Herb Garden all involve students in growing vegetation for the university and/or to be donated.


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

Don't Waste It Wednesdays (DWIW) - Every Wednesday in April, UNCW’s Housing and Residence Life Sustainability Committee will team up with Campus Dining to calculate just how much food students waste and will post the results in Wag and on social media in efforts to increase awareness and overall decrease waste.

A combined effort from several classes grew and planted grass (the state rare Aristida condensata) and a few long leaf pines at the New Hanover County Landfill

Collaborative efforts between UNCW, North Carolina State University and the City of Wilmington at Oleander Park have improved the health of Hewletts Creek by creating a rain garden


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