Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Jennifer Foley
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Boston College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Bruce Dixon
Sustainability and Energy Specialist
Facilities
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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:

Eco Pledge: Group to promote sustainable activities and events on campus
Real Food: Group is focused on healthy and organic food from local sources.
Eco Reps: Freshmen program selected to promote increased sustainability awareness in residence halls. Sponsored by Resident Hall Association and Residential Life
Environmental Caucus: Group of students also involved in student government to help plan sustainable activities on campus


The website URL where information about the student groups is available (optional):
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:

An organic garden is maintained by students from Real Food. Seeds are sown in the Spring and plants later moved to the garden. The studens host elementary school children from local schools to learn about how vegetables are grown and have garden days when student volunteers work in the garden. Cooking demonstrations are also held at the garden to show how certain foods can be prepared in a healthy manner.


The website URL where information about the gardens, farms or agriculture projects is available (optional):
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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

The Loft at Addie's - Student run dining hall that practices sustainable cooking and dining, and provides employees with valuable knowledge about how to incorporate food and business related sustainable practices into their lives


The website URL where information about the student-run enterprises is available (optional):
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?:
Yes

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

During the Energy savings competition (called The Energy Games), the winning team donates their winning proceeds to sustainable groups within the Boston College community.


The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

Eco Pledge provided a screening of Age of Consequences, Climate Justice in Collaboration with the Chinese Student Association and Eradicate Racism presented a series of forums on Climate Change Not in my Back Yard.


The website URL where information about the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability is available (optional):
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Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
No

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the cultural arts events, installations or performances is available (optional):
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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 Adventure Program provides adventure programs for students in all of the disciplines including hiking, backpacking, kayaking and other outings. The program follows Leave-No-Trace(LNT) principals. The Program Director is a LNT Master Educator and all 45 of the leaders in the program operate at at least the LNT educator level.


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors programs is available (optional):
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

A brief description of the sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
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The website URL where information about the sustainability-related themes is available (optional):
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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
No

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills programs is available (optional):
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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:

Loft at Addies, Kitchen service. Office of Sustainability, Sustainability initiatives. Real Foods in Dining Services Dining support services.


The website URL where information about the student employment opportunities is available:
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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

A brief description of the graduation pledges:
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The website URL where information about the graduation pledges is available (optional):
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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
No

A brief description of the other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:
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The website URL where information about other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives is available (optional):
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Estimated percentage of students (full-time and part-time) that participate annually in sustainability-focused co-curricular education and outreach programs (0-100):
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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