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For details about this credit, including the criteria, reporting timeframe, applicability, scoring, and more, please review the full credit language.

Frequently Asked Questions

What counts as a sustainability-related theme?

Responses for sustainability-related themes must affirm that sustainability-related themes were chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g., choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading). Basic outreach campaigns are not sufficient.

Can resources for students to find socially/environmentally responsible employers count as a graduation pledge?

Responses for Graduation Pledge must reference a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions. Resources for students to find socially/environmentally responsible employers are not sufficient.

Can outreach campaigns be claimed under the section for other programs and initiatives?

The intent of the Other Programs and Initiatives section is to capture student efforts that are not already covered in the other sections of this credit OR in other credits. Basic outreach campaigns should not be referenced, since they are covered under EN 5.

Templates & Tools

Example Responses

Common Issues Identified During Review

  • Student Groups – Response should reference sustainability-related student clubs or other groups (e.g., Sustainability Club, Sierra Club, etc.). Participation in committees is covered under PA 1, whereas student governance is covered under PA 3.
  • Student-Run Enterprises – Response must affirm that the effort is a business or related enterprise. If not, it is just another student group and should instead be counted in the Student Group section.
  • Sustainable Investment and Finance – Recognizes “sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills”. Student membership in an institution-wide committee for socially responsible investment does not meet the criteria here (recognized under PA 8).
  • Wilderness and Outdoors Programs – Response must affirm that the wilderness/outdoor program follows Leave No Trace Principles.
  • Sustainability-Related Themes – Response must affirm that sustainability-related themes were chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g., choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading). Basic outreach campaigns are not sufficient.
  • Graduation Pledge – Response must reference a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions. Resources for students to find socially/environmentally responsible employers are not sufficient.
  • Other Programs and Initiatives – The intent of this section is to capture student efforts that are not already covered in the other sections of this credit or in other credits. Basic outreach campaigns should not be referenced, since they are covered under EN 5.

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