Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.37
Liaison Nina Bisbee
Submission Date June 29, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Bryn Mawr College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00
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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:

BMC Greens - involved in sustainability and environmental education through hosting informational seminars and discussion spaces; Green Ambassadors, a student elected group of students dedicated to completing sustainable initiatives within dorm spaces such as purchasing drying racks and encouraging recycling and energy saving practices; Zero Waste Club - dedicated to reducing waste on campus; and the Student Garden Club.


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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:

Bryn Mawr Community Garden, hosted and maintained by the BMC Garden Club to grow food for the college community and provide fresh produce for local food pantries.


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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)?:
No

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:
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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?:
No

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

Environmental senior seminar presentations and speakers for Earth Week focused on sustainability and social justice. The 2016 Earth Week speaker was Jacqui Patterson, director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. She spoke about the Flint Water Crisis, Environmental Racism, and justice. Her talk is titled: "The Flint Water Crisis, Environmental Racism, & Advancing a Just and Sustainable Transition." The 2017 Earth Week speaker was Dorceta Taylor is a James E. Crowfoot Collegiate Professor of Environmental Justice and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Michigan.She spoke about her book, “The Rise of the American Conservation Movement: Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection”.


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Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:

Uninvited Girl: An Immigrant Story- A solo performance play by author and award-winning storyteller Nimisha Ladva presents what happens when the rules of "where you're from" and "where you want to be" compete and collapse in humorous, humbling, and dangerous ways. This performance was part of our 2017 Community Day of Learning. (https://www.brynmawr.edu/community-learning/session-descriptions-2017)

To the Border and Back: Visualizing and Narrating Migration- This exhibition combines an existing traveling exhibition Del Golfo al Pacific (An exhibit of photographs meant to reflect the humanity and dynamism of cross-border migration is coming to Nogales, Ariz.) with photographs by students participating in the 360˚ course cluster, Migrations and Borderlands. (http://www.brynmawr.edu/library/exhibits/360Borderlands.html)

Kris Graves: The Testament Project -Kris Graves exhibits selections from his series The Testament Project, a collection of photographs, videos, and testimonials aimed to represent and explore blackness in contemporary America. (http://www.brynmawr.edu/library/exhibits/KrisGraves.html)

Fenghuang Landscape and Miao Culture, Photographs by Bode Wang- This selection of photographs by scholar and artist Bode Wang represents the environment, human communities, social customs, and religious practices in his hometown of Fenghuang in Hunan Province, People's Republic China. (http://www.brynmawr.edu/library/exhibits/BodeWang.html)

No Impact Man- A film presentation co-sponsored by the Zero Waste Club follows the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact.


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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?:
No

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

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

360° is an interdisciplinary experience that creates an opportunity to
participate in a cluster of multiple courses connecting students and
faculty in a single semester (or in some cases across contiguous
semesters) to focus on common problems, themes, and experiences for the
purposes of research and scholarship. Themes have included: Perspectives on Sustainability; Renewable Energy;China and the Environment; Eco-Literacy; Temperate and Tropical Coasts in Transition; Climate Change: Science and Politics.


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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

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

The Batten House Co-Op is an intentional community of Bi-College women. Its members endeavor to live with environmental consciousness and low impact upon the Earth, to organize social justice activist events, to support women's issues,to make group decisions by consensus, and to raise awareness in the community about the interconnectedness between humans, animals, and the environment.


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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:

The College hires Sustainability Leadership Group Interns and Community Garden Student Coordinators. In addition the College funds Summer internships that include sustainability opportunities. A recent example includes a recent internship lead by faculty member Victor Donnay to assist the Philadelphia School District in developing a sustainability Program see www.brynmawr.edu/news/maths-victor-donnay-recognized-sustainability-work-philly-school-district .


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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

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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
No

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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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