Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.79
Liaison Lindsey Kayman
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Lindsey Kayman
Environmental Health and Safety Director
Public Safety and Risk Management
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:

Environmental Club - The John Jay College Environmental Club participates on the college's Sustainability Council and holds events related to environmental justice and sustainability and getting students out into nature.

Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

JJC has an organic vegetable garden and we also have a community supported agriculture program who is on-site weekly (before the college shut down due to the pandemic). https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/community-supported-agriculture-csa

Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:

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

John Jay College is part of City University of NY (CUNY), which has a Sustainable Investment Fund (SIF). SIF is a revolving fund that supports near and short term projects on CUNY campuses which produce energy savings and other sustainability benefits. Savings produced by efficiency measures are used to pay back the fund to ensure support for future projects. Students are invited to submit proposals for projects to access funds for the Sustainability Investment Fund.


Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:

John Jay hosts an annual Hunger Banquet for students https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/news/cosl%E2%80%99s-8th-annual-oxfam-hunger-banquet-demonstrates-inequality-poverty-and-hunger

Economic Justice Speaker Series - Women in Public Sector webinar series held an event on gender equity on 9/22/20 http://calendar.jjay.cuny.edu/EventList.aspx?fromdate=9/17/2020&todate=9/30/2020&display=&type=public&eventidn=14076&view=EventDetails&information_id=37766

Unite Behind the Science.. and the Math, a 2019 NYC Climate Week Event, September 25, 2019, http://sustainabilityjjay.org/event/nyc-climate-week-unite-behind-the-math-and-the-science/

Racial Justice Research and Practice Dialogues 2020-21 https://johnjayresearch.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2020/09/29/racial-justice-research-and-practice-dialogues-2020-21/

Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:

Artist and faculty member, Mary Ting, held a seminar for students entitled, "Grief and Ecological Loss into Action" on 4/30/2020 - It included a presentation of her artwork about ecological destruction, cultural history, and the urgency of action, with an in-depth focus on education and community projects. http://sustainabilityjjay.org/2020/10/mary-ting-grief-and-ecological-loss-into-action/

John Jay hosts an annual 3-day, morning till night Environmental Film Festival called EcoCinema Cafe that includes a discussion between each film, often with the filmmaker or film subject. The festival is held in the 300 seat Student Dining Hall and over 10% of the college's population attends over the three day period. (The 2020 festival was cancelled due to COVID). https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/2019-ecocinema-cafe-marathon-film-festival, https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/2018-ecocinema-cafe-marathon-film-festival

Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:

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

Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:

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

Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:

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

Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

The college offered work study opportunities for students to work with the Sustainability Council in 2018 and 2019.

Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):

A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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