Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.96
Liaison Stephanie Corbett
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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Case Western Reserve University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Erin Kollar
Assistant Director Sustainability
Office of Energy & Sustainability
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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:

Student Sustainability Council (SSC) is a student led organization that works directly to educate and promote economic, social, and environmental sustainability and equity to allow for a greater understanding and respect for our environment. SSC collaborates with other Northeast Ohio higher ed and community environmental organizations to promote sustainabillity for our campus and the greater Cleveland area. The Graduate Student Senate created a sub-committee focused on sustainability issues which has now become an independent group called the Graduate Student Sustainability Council (GSSC). The GSSC operates similarly to the SSC, focused on issues of importance to the Grad Student population. CWRU also has several student organizations working on food issues: Slow Food and the Food Recovery Network, that is working with our on-campus food service provider to donate unused food to hunger organizations, which helps to reduce the impact on landfills. There is a chapter of Net Impact active within the Weatherhead business school that engages students to work on sustainability issues with business.


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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:

The Garden@Case, established in 2011, employs organic gardening techniques and is open to students, faculty, staff, as well as community members. Volunteers help with weeding, watering, and the upkeep of the garden, recording activities in a garden log. Produce is donated to a community partner, the Cory Hunger Center in Cleveland, OH. https://sites.google.com/a/case.edu/about-garden-case/
CWRU also has a 400-acre farm with 3 acres currently under food production. Food produced at the CWRU Squire Valleevue Farm are sold to the on-campus food service provider and other local restaurants. Students are welcome as both volunteers and paid employees to help with the food production and sales. (https://students.case.edu/farm/)


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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

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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?:
Yes

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

Beginning in the Fall 2017 semester, CWRU opened an undergraduate upperclassmen Sustainability House as a housing option. Among other things, the students residing in the house are able to utilize a small capital fund to help evaluate, recommend and select renovation projects to make it a more sustainable place to live.


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

Several university Centers host speakers or have symposia related to sustainability: the Sustainability Alliance, Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit (Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit), Great Lakes Energy Institute (Energy Alliance Speaker Series), and the Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence (International Ethics Prize and Symposium). The Office for Sustainability hosts both a "Big Green Event" in the fall to allow a forum for on-campus researchers and staff working on sustainability-related projects to report to the campus community, and a monthly Green Bag Lunch series that brings community experts in varying areas of sustainability to campus for lunchtime presentations.


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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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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:

Pre-Orientation Trek -- new undergraduate students have the opportunity to trek in Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County, PA. Students follow the Leave No Trace principles during their trek, which includes hiking, swimming, exploring the park, camping,
cooking their own meals throughout the trip and whitewater rafting.


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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:

In FY13 the common first-year reading assignment was sustainability focused: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. In FY14 several new first-year experience programs were sustainability themed included the CWRU Connects day of service. Additionally, starting in 2012, Magnolia, one of the four available residential college themes for first year students, is devoted to engagement through the lens of sustainability.


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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:

CWRU organizes first year's residential experiences into residential colleges which help students transition to campus life, connecting them with the university through academic support, campus activities, residence hall programs and other events. One of the four residential colleges, Magnolia, achieves this through engagement through sustainability, connecting students to sustainability across campus and in their own lives. The Student Sustainability Council (SSC) also sponsors programming that educate individuals on living sustainably. Finally, the Sustainability House, a residential living opportunity that began in the 17-18 school year, allows a small cohort of students to learn together and practice sustainable life skills, as well as green building and renovation information.


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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:

Sustainability-focused employment opportunities are available for students as Sustainability Ambassadors, who are trained by the Office for Sustainability on a range of issues effecting our climate footprint, and assigned different topic areas to work on sustainability-related projects. The Office for Sustainability also hires a number of interns in any given year to assist with a variety of projects. The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit is centered in the Weatherhead School of Management and hires students to work on sustainable business case stories, as well as a cohort of Fowler Fellows who assist any number of projects focused on sustainability in business. https://weatherhead.case.edu/centers/fowler/

Students can also apply for a position during the summer in the Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy & Sustainability program. Students work full time during the summer on sustainability or energy-related research projects across campus and within different disciplines, and meet weekly for enrichment seminars.


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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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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
Yes

A brief description of the other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

In FY14, an orientation event was introduced that focuses on sustainability. All new in-coming students and orientation leaders are offered the opportunity to spend a day at the University Farm where they interact with faculty, have a local food based meal and participate in sustainability-oriented recreation. In 2016, they also went home with either a Klean Kanteen reusable water bottle or a solar-powered phone charger.

SPARC, a student-run organization focused on sparking conversations has featured sustainability in their pgoram. A second annual Food Week is currently being planned by a number of sustainability-related organizations that will feature speakers and other engagements centered on sustainability.


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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):
25

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