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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 Gold
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Marian Brown
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Wells College
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Marian Brown
Director
Center for Sustainability and the Environment
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Sustain-a-Cell

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:

Biology professor Christina Schmidt assigns student teams in her Anatomy and Physiology labs the assignment to create cell models using only found and/or natural materials. She calls this "Sustain-a-Cell". Marian Brown, the director of the Wells Center for Sustainability and the Environment, instructs the lab teams on what comprises found materials and where to find them and she provides cash prizes for the best submissions in several categories.

This project goes well beyond typical utilization of our campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Waste. Most student learning/applied research projects support the learning or applied research needs of individual students or small project teams. This annual Sustain-a-Cell project assignment is part of the Anatomy & Physiology course, required by students majoring in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biological and Chemical Sciences, as well as students minoring in Biology and Holistic Health Studies. It is also a common elective for studentrs pursuing a Health Science major. As such, this content on our campus reuse programs and appropriate reuse of "found materials" reaches close to 15% of the student body (based upon current enrollment in major/minor programs and course enrollment) each year.

This Sustain-a-Cell project was highlighted in the October 2017 newsletter of the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling, the statewide professional organization for waste management professionals.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Curriculum
Waste

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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