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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 58.11
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date Dec. 1, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Wesleyan University
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Barry Chernoff
Director
College of the Environment
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that is one week or more in length?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution, including how each program addresses the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability:

Wesleyan offers several courses and immersive programs that have included multidimensional examinations of sustainability. Over the past three years, these courses have included:
- research methods course on the Connecticut River and environmental, social, and economic connections; culminated in presentations to the public at the Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter Festival
- dance and performance course about bringing together communities on environmental issues; included students working for the Middletown Water and Sewer Department; culminated in choreographed dance by Water and Sewer employees at Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter Festival (2015-16)
- dance course on rehabilitating old houses for reuse, and included a student-choreographed performance by Wesleyan plumbers, electricians, and carpenters (2015-16)
- American farming and agriculture course (2014-15)
- soils class analyzed soil samples at Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm (2014-15)
- research methods course on invasive species, including commercial uses for invasive plant in California and analysis of college bed bug problems (2014-15)

In addition, students have led for-credit student forums about food justice, permaculture, farming, food sustainability, and fostering sustainable behaviors.


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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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.