Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.37
Liaison Holly Andersen
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

Bennington College
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Campus Engagement:

Utilizing infrastructure and operations as a living lab for applied student learning - behavioral science and energy use in buildings


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Public Engagement?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Public Engagement:

"Beyond Plastics Project Launched"
Bennington College announced today that former Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck is launching a project, Beyond Plastics, that will work with college students and community leaders around the country to reduce plastic pollution.

Srichchha Pradhan '22 and Elene Charkviani '22 hosted a screening of Bag It, an award-winning environmental documentary about the impact of single-use plastic bags.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Air & Climate?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Air & Climate:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Buildings?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Buildings:

Bennington college is currently building a project that will monitor the electric usage for most of the buildings so that we can maximize the efficiency of electricity usage. We could turn on and off the electricity according to the monitor data we receive from the system. In the long run, this is like the intelligent building system for improving buildings' energy consumption efficiency.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Energy?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Energy:

Bennington college is currently building a project that will monitor the electric usage for most of the buildings so that we can maximize the efficiency of electricity usage. We could turn on and off the electricity according to the monitor data we receive from the system. In the long run, this is like the intelligent building system for improving buildings' energy consumption efficiency.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Food & Dining?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Food & Dining:

"Empty Bowl"
Bennington Empty Bowls soup supper supports the Kitchen Cupboard of Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services (GBICS) which provides food for one quarter of Bennington's population. This project is a collaboration between GBICS and Bennington College's academic course, "Social Kitchen: Ceramics, Food and Community" and is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to address the systemic causes of food insecurity in Bennington County.

"No plastic boxes for take away"
Bennington College has partly canceled plastic boxes for take away in the Dininghall, which will reduce the plastic pollution in the Dining-hall section.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Grounds?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Grounds:

N/A


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Purchasing?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Purchasing:

Continuous Energy Improvement
Bennington College has been working closely with Efficiency Vermont's "Continuous Energy Improvement" project. We purchases equipment that consumes less energy. On the other hands, those products are even more productive than the one we used to have before.
https://www.efficiencyvermont.com/services/project-support/strategic-energy-management


IIs the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Transportation:

Bennington College offers public shuttles for the students, which will drastically improve the energy-usage efficiency as less students need to drive their own car to go to local places and more people share the same car.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Waste?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Waste:

In some restroom at Bennington College, we replaced paper to heater to reduce waste of paper.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Water?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Water:

We have a drinking water machine at our technology building that recycles water while others are filling water to their bottles. It has saved tons of clean water over the years.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Coordination & Planning?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Coordination & Planning:

"Sustainability Working Group"
The Sustainability Committee is made up of staff, faculty, and students from all areas of the College. The Committee's mission is to advance a shared sense of responsibility towards the social, economic, and environmental well being of the College and beyond in order to educate Bennington students and lead by example. The Committee's goals are to advance the ethic of sustainability in College operations, academics, and campus life and to build bridges between the College, the local community, and the world at large. The Committee is chaired by the Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Planning.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Diversity & Affordability?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Diversity & Affordability:

N/A


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Investment & Finance?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Investment & Finance:

N/A


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Wellbeing & Work?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Wellbeing & Work:

N/A


Website URL where information about the institution’s living laboratory program is available:
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