Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.13
Liaison Michael Kensler
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2013
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Auburn University
ER-T2-1: Student Group

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Michael Kensler
Director Sustainability Operations
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:

The name and a brief description of each student group:

Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is an organization devoted to the scientific study of the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. SCB also focuses on spreading the word on the importance of conservation. As the Auburn chapter SCB is oriented more towards Alabama's unique ecosystems. Activities include helping with the Eastern Indigo Snake Project, visiting pitcher plant bogs and learning about their conservation needs, and venturing to Jackson County to explore Alabama's unique cave systems. Auburn's chapter is also associated with the Tigers for Tigers organization which is a group set up to raise money and awareness about the rapidly declining populations of wild tigers in Asia. SCB meets about once a month with a different conservation-oriented speaker each time.
Advisor: Dr. Bob Boyd boydrob@auburn.edu.
Website: http://www.auburn.edu/student_info/societyconbio/.

Auburn Real Food Challenge:
The ARFC is a student organization linked to the National Real Food Challenge. ARFC started in Fall 2011, and commits Auburn University to ensuring that at least 20% of the food in its food system meets the criteria of being local, ecologically sound, fair, and humane by the year 2020. ARFC does social food events, works with Tiger Dining to improve selection and sourcing of food, oversees the ARFC community garden, and is starting a student food Co-op. ARFC is also affiliated with CoFed and Slow Food Auburn. .
Advisor: Jessica-Lauren Roberts (jzr0014).

Auburn Sustainability Action Program
The Auburn Sustainability Action Program seeks to transform Auburn's culture and practice to be more sustainable through quality student-led projects. Past projects include participation in the Auburn Global Challenge, a garden with the Boys&Girls Club, and Sustain-a-wear (a sustainable apparel design competition).
Advisor: Mike Kensler mdk0003@auburn.edu
Website: www.auburn.edu/asap

Engineers Without Borders
The mission of EWB is to partner with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally sound and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible engineering students. EWB is currently partnered with the community of Quesimpuco, Bolivia. EWB students and faculty advisors work with community members to develop an irrigation system to bring water to fields that get insufficient precipitation during the dry season. EWB is helping the Quesimpuco community to design a hydroponics system to grow crops without soil and in a confined space to feed the community's farm animals.
Advisor: Dr. Steve Duke
Website: More info about EWB-USA can be found at ewb-usa.org.

The Committee of 19 (Co19)
The Committee of 19 is Auburn University's student-led War on Hunger initiatives. The organization's goal is to engage the Auburn community in the War on Hunger through service initiatives, fundraising initiatives, and awareness and advocacy initiatives. The Committee of 19 focus on ending hunger both locally and globally. The organization's vision is to have every part of the Auburn University community engaged in finding solutions to hunger. The operating premise is that hunger is a complex, interdependent issue that can only be solved by all people coming together and offering each one's own talents, skills, passions and insights to create a comprehensive solution. Co19 hosted Hunger Week 2012 on Auburn's campus.
Advisor: Kate Thornton brockmk@auburn.edu
Website: www.auburn.edu/hunger.

Environmental Design Student Organization
The Environmental Design Student Organization (EDSO) serves to provide a voice to the Environmental Design students within the College of Architecture, Design, and Construction. EDSO's primary purpose is to educate students on different aspects of the design fields including: knowledge of careers, research subjects, design techniques, and professional etiquette. While the majority of members are Environmental Design students, all design students are welcome and encouraged to join. EDSO's goal is to cultivate more collaboration among students and to foster a dialog about green technologies, sustainable building, and urbanism.
Advisor: Magdalena Garmaz garmama@auburn.edu
Websites: http://auburn.collegiatelink.net/organization/edso )

List up to 4 notable recent activities or accomplishments of student group(s):

Global Challenge: In the spring of 2012, a consortium of sustainability-related student groups, SGA, and the Division of Student Affairs developed and delivered a multi-week awareness and engagement event to introduce a series of globally significant topics, and explore ways students could act to make a difference. The Challenge addressed five topics: civic engagement, sustainability, poverty and hunger, education and public health.

Auburn Sustainability Action Program: In the spring of 2012, ASAP conducted a multi-day campaign to education students about water issues, from the local to global scale. Issues of drought, water quality , water availability, water justice, and related topics were addressed. ASAP established a presence on the student concourse and created a variety of displays and messaging techniques to explain water issues to students.

List other student groups that address sustainability:
Environmental Awareness Organization, USGBC Student Chapter;

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