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

STARS v2.2

Bennington College
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00
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Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at employees and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Name of the campaign:
Students look at LED streetlights for North Bennington

A brief description of the campaign:

Article URL: https://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/students-look-at-led-streetlights-for-north-bennington,341164

"The students wanted to do a local action project," said Sgorbati, "Something related to energy reduction." Sgorbati reached out to North Bennington Board of Trustees member David Monks, who recommended the students look into the possibility of installing LED streetlights in the village. Bennington and Rutland have recently made the transition to LED streetlights.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:

"LEDs not only reduce energy consumption for the Town [sic] of North Bennington, but also reduce the cost by two-thirds. In addition, LED bulbs do not use harmful chemicals like mercury or lead. LED lights also have a higher light output at lower temperature, more accurate color reading, do not attract as many bugs, and have lower maintenance costs," says a flyer released by the class.


Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Addressing Food Insecurity in Bennington County

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):

Article URL: https://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/bennington-college-addresses-food-insecurity-with-residents,610064

Food insecurity—the inability to access affordable, nutritious food—affects one in eight Americans, or approximately 40 million people, and is particularly acute in southern Vermont. This collaboration aims to both address the pressing problem of food insecurity in the area and to develop an interdisciplinary and responsive humanities curriculum with students, faculty, and the community, creating a model from which other higher education institutions can learn and build.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):

Eleven residents of two housing complexes in Bennington are growing their own vegetables this summer, through a project organized by Bennington College to fight food insecurity in the county.


A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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