Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.83
Liaison Hannah Spirrison
Submission Date March 29, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Antioch College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 Hannah Spirrison
Director of Innovation and Institutional Effectiveness
Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups focused on sustainability:

Student Activists for Sustainability is a student group that advocates for sustainability in all manifestations on campus. It aims to get students involved with student led projects that can be done on a level that does not necessarily require direct involvement of administration, such as starting a cigarette recycling program on campus, delivering informative demos on how to reduce individual waste, and working with the Antioch College Food Committee in the college's phasing out of disposable dishware.


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Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

The Antioch Farm is a working farm and learning laboratory located on Antioch College’s south campus. Started in 2011, the Farm includes a two-acre annual growing area with a 600-square foot hoop house and pollinator friendly garden, pasture for animal grazing, two acres of food forest, and a composting site. It's staffed mostly by Antioch students, and all food from the Antioch Farm is harvested for campus dining halls.

The Antioch College Farm utilizes ecological agriculture to provide an integrated context for liberal arts learning. The Farm allows students to experience, explore, and develop methods of sustainability, through its interwoven functions as an outdoor laboratory for curricular study and a living forum where student labor connects to campus dining and recycling.

Antioch College also has a number of small garden plots and landscaping beds, including a pollinator friendly plot, a rain garden, an edible herb bed, and an apothecary garden (medicinal plant).


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Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
No

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Does the institution have sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
No

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
No

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:
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Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:

The College hosts performance events and arts installations related to sustainability such as:
--Performance of "Marcellus Shale", a play about the impact of fracking in an upstate New York community (see: https://www.antiochcollege.edu/news/archive/talking-band’s-marcellus-shale-project-coming-antioch-college-2016)
--Performance by the World House Choir (100 singers throughout the Miami Valley region: Dayton, Cincinnati, Middletown, Urbana, Xenia, Springfield and Yellow Springs) in a production of MISSA GAIA: A Mass Celebration of Mother Earth by the Paul Winter Consort (see: https://www.antiochcollege.edu/news/archive/world-house-choir-missa-gaia-call-action-climate-changeclimate-justice-antioch-college)
---AgriCULTURE exhibition at the Herndon Gallery that examined and responded to critical social, political and environmental justice issues arising as a direct result of unsustainable contemporary agricultural production practices
(see: http://www.antiochcollege.edu/news/archive/antioch-colleges-herndon-gallery-opens-agriculture)
---Artists as Activists exhibition at the Herndon Gallery featured the works of 25 greater Cincinnati-based artists exploring a broad range of contemporary crises, issues and movements each seeking transformation and solution through the visual works (see: http://www.antiochcollege.edu/news/archive/antioch-college’s-herndon-gallery-opens-artists-activists-exhibition)


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Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
Yes

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

The Outdoor Recreation and Education Interest Group was created to provide meaningful outdoor centered experiences where participants may engage in activities that educate, foster a connection between the person and the outdoors, and ultimately develop a sense of leadership in participants. This Interest Group follows Leave No Trace principles, and the current leader of the group is certified to teach Leave No Trace principles. The Interest Group holds weekly hikes and fire gatherings. Past events also include a fire building workshop, a basic navigation lesson, and an overnight camp out.


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Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
No

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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
No

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Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

The Campus Sustainability Associate student position is responsible for coordinating, organizing, and reporting all sustainability efforts on campus. Duties include, but are not limited to: sustainability research, data recording, data entry, presentations of sustainability data and projects, and working with campus representatives who are relevant to sustainability practices. In addition, the College has offered student employment opportunities through which students can learn and assist with the STARS data collection and reporting process.

The Glen Helen Ecology Institute provides students with employment opportunities in land management, raptor rehabilitation, public education, and nonprofit conservation organization administration.


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Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
No

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