Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.77
Liaison Franklin Lebo
Submission Date May 27, 2022

STARS v2.2

Baldwin Wallace University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Franklin Lebo
Assistant Professor of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:

(1) Baldwin Wallace's Campus Landscape: The purpose of BW landscape is to support its educational mission of building a foundation for lifelong learning and preparing students to become contributing, compassionate citizens of an increasingly global society. The campus landscape advances this mission by (1) maintaining a diverse and strategic collection of species an ecosystems that represent he biological diversity of northeast Ohio, and (2) demonstrating principles of horticulture, landscape design, conservation, and Sustainability.

(2) Students for Environmental Awareness: SEA educates the BW and surrounding community about environmental matters; provides students with information on recycling; cares for the Native Ohio Plant Garden; works with other environmental organizations; volunteers at EarthFest; and sponsors various events.

(3) BW Chapter of Habitat for Humanity: The BW chapter of Habitat for Humanity is comprised of a team of students committed to building the future by empowering ourselves and other to eradicate poverty housing through education and active involvement in the Cleveland area and abroad.

Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:

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

The Biology and Geology Dept. established a native plants teaching garden in the Telfer Courtyard to address carbon sequestration, water quality, ecosystem services, and education about the biology of native NE Ohio species.

Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

BW's Jacket Philanthrophy Program provides students the opportunity to develop socially, environmentally, and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills. The BW Jacket Philanthropy Program is a course-based, service-learning program that engages students in volunteerism and the grant-making process. Courses are open to students of all majors, from first-year students to seniors. Courses have been offered in business, English, psychology, public health and sociology.

Students are paired with local non-profits working in the areas of children and youth programming; neighborhood development and revitalization; and hunger, homelessness, and health issues. In addition to providing direct service to their organizations, students develop a Request for Funding Proposal, prepare a grant proposal for their program, and engage in a group decision-making process with their classmates to award $5,000 in grant funding.

At the end of the semester, many students choose to continue serving at their program sites, with some advancing to internships and full-time employment opportunities.

Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:

1. The Institute for Sustainable Business Practice (ISBP) explores, promotes and seeks to drive principles of sustainability within business and organizational practice. Our programs and services serve business organizations and professionals in the Northeast Ohio region, as well as BW students and faculty.

On an annual basis, ISBP offers a major two-day public event that focuses on sustainability themes critical to 21st-century businesses. Our inaugural event in October 2008 featured Stuart Hart, a renowned management sustainability theorist at Cornell University. These major events are open to the general public.
Topic for December 2015- "Megatrends in Sustainability"

The program invites speakers on campus in order to share a growing wealth of managerial and corporate expertise among Northeast Ohio corporations and beyond with students and faculty on our campus to help them keep abreast of changing business practices in sustainability

2. BW Earth Week April 16th- April 20th, 2018

a. April 16th- Earth Fair, Booths in Lobby of Union
o STNG – Students Tending Natural Gardens (formerly Farmer Jackets)
o BW Outdoor Club
o “Don’t Suck” Just-say-no to plastic straws display/activity (SOC students)
o FAUNA -club for animal rights activists
o Benefits of Vegetarianism (SOC students)
o Conservation tips (SOC students)
o Eco-Rep’s – Information from Recycle Mania

b. Tuesday April 17th- "Taco about the Debt"
North Quad - Lydia Maendel is organizing an interactive event with “free tacos” to raise awareness about the national debt. She will link the national debt to sustainability.

c. April 18th-BW Sustainability Tours

d. Students in Environmental Sociology will research BW’s sustainability initiatives and lead a campus tour. Arranging for one or more on-the scene experts (e.g. geothermal heating system) is acceptable

e. April 19th- Wildflower walk and Arboretum Event
Spring wildflower walk led by Dr. Katie Flinn. Meet at 1:15 PM at the vans by Ward Hall. We will drive to Bedford Reservation and be back by 3:30 PM. Everyone is welcome! Field guides provided

f. April 20th-Eco-Jeopardy
Student Senate provided Eco friendly prizes, Environmental Sociology will provide the questions and answers for the game, student run- student driven.

Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:

(1) 1.17.2017 - Nature Photography Exhibit by Dr. Terry Martin -"Reflections of a Nature Junkie." Melding the beauty of the written word with captivating photography that uplifts the soul is the artistry of Dr. Terry Martin, professor of English. Martin's award-winning photography promotes the aesthetics of nature and gives voice to the subtle interplay of spectator and subject as captured through the lens of a camera.

"I practice photography as a form of fine art that expresses the beauty I see around me and celebrates the immense diversity of character in the world," he explained.

"The great novelist Henry James argued there was a deep analogy between the written word and the picture—that no writer could succeed without a pictorial sense, and no producer of pictures could succeed without the qualities (dramatic composition, storytelling, a sense of character and others) that make for good writing," said Martin. An exhibit of Martin's work, titled "Reflections of a Nature Junkie," will be held Jan. 25-April 30, 2017 at BW's Ritter Library . It includes insightful commentary as well as stunning work depicting Northeast Ohio and Martin’s travels to Wyoming, Florida, Alaska and Spain.

(2) 10.17.2017 - Thoreau Readathon. An 8 hour reading event of the work Walden of Henry David Thoreau sponsored by the English department to help the student body. The purpose was to help the student body connect to Thoreau's exaltation of simple living and the self-determined life. Attendees were encouraged to read 5-10 minutes at a time and hourly prizes were provided for those attending. Please see the flier of the event uploaded below.

(3) 11.12.2017 - "The Birds and the Bees and the Flowers and the Trees: Songs of Flora and Fauna, etc." J. R. Fralick’s voice students offer up their annual studio recital with an entertaining romp through songs about nature and all its facets. https://www.bw.edu/events/2017/fall/11-12-faculty-student-recital
The United Methodist Church of Berea
170 Seminary Street, Berea, OH 44017

Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:

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

BW Club Sailing Team- The Club Sailing team travels around the midwest region on weekends participating in Sailing regattas. They practice sailing in 420's on Lake Erie during the warm months. The sailboats that they sail have no motors on them and are strictly powered by wind and the currents.

BW Outdoor Club- Adventure program that will assist students by lending gear, bikes or camping equipment to aid in the enjoyment of the outdoors.

Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

All BW students are required to complete a FYE (FIrst Year Experience) course on a topic of their choosing. There are typically approximately 40 sections of these courses offered in the fall semester to incoming freshman. Faculty propose course topics to the FYE Curriculum Committee for approval and, if selected, are permitted to instruct one or more sections of the proposed course. Five of the topics selected by faculty to instruct have canvassed sustainability related themes including:

(1) FYE Biomimicry - Dr. Ven Ochaya
(2) FYE Can I Create a Sustainable Life? - Dr. David Krueger
(3) FYE Ignite Your Leadership Revolution - Dr. Franklin Lebo
(4) FYE Food ODDessy - Dr. Jill Stephens Fleisher
(5) FYE Where Birds and Music Intersect - Jonathan Sokol

Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

Humans & The Earth: Can We Coexist?- Lifestyle Project
This course is the required gateway required course for sustainability majors, but also serves students from many disciplines. Students enrolled in this course must complete an extensive 8 week project with specific requirements for reducing their water and electricity use. Students must choose two additional categories for sustainable life skills which include options such as waste, vegetarian or vegan living, transportation, and more. The assignment concludes with a written reflection on the lessons learned and likelihood of maintaining these lifestyle changes going forward.

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

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

Students may apply to work for Building and Grounds. The mission of B&G is sustainability focused, as Director Bill Kerbusch requires sustainable landscaping techniques to be employed by the staff. Students thus learn which plants work best with others, which materials to use, which species of plants to plant in the bioswales along with why those choices are optimal. Additional activities include pruning, and weed maintenance, grass clipping, and perennial planting. One significant initiative has underway is to phase out store purchased mulch and instead generate mulch from wood chips from university trees that have been felled and run through a chipper. Another significant project completed in 2016 was to upgrade the parking lot of the main administration building, Bonds, with bioswales in order to better deal with the problem of run off from impermeable surfaces. This project was the result of a presentation to the university president by sustainability students and at least one sustainability student worker for B&G participated significantly in the construction project.

Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):

A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:

(1) Start Something BW Idea Competition
The Start Something BW Idea Competition, created in partnership with the BW Center for Innovation & Growth and LaunchNET, encourages student creativity through awarding cash prizes to students for their ideas. Students are encouraged to come up with ideas that provide a solution to a problem, create a new market, and show innovation and originality. Students are encouraged to share ideas with sustainable aims, such as biomimetic designs.
URL: http://startsomethingbw.strikingly.com/

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