Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.39
Liaison Connie Morales
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Claremont McKenna College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kristin Miller
Admin
Roberts Environmental Center
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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:

http://www.associatedstudentsofclaremontmckennacollege.org/sspear/
Sustainable Students Promoting Environmental Action Responsibility:
"SSPEAR is CMC's environmental club dedicated towards the defense of our natural environment and the advancement of sustainability. As a campus organization, we spread awareness of environmental issues, motivate the student body and campus services to live and operate more sustainably, and provide the resources to make these changes permanent."

We also employ EcoReps who promote environmentalism and conservation in the dorms; there are 4, one for each quad/area of the dorms


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:

SPEAR and the Garden Manager manage a garden of four large, raised planter beds on campus. They grow herbs and vegetables organically. An organic, farm-to-table event is hosted once a semester, using vegetables from the garden.


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 CMC Bike Shop is a student run initiative that helps CMC students, staff, and faculty become more mobile! All members of the CMC community are invited to rent bikes for free for a small rental period. Student staff are able to help patrons put together new bikes and fix bikes or longboards free of charge.


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:

The CMC Sustainability Fund awards grants to student-led projects that improve the environmental sustainability at CMC in amounts up to $2,000 through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process. These grants will provide students with the opportunity to pursue innovative and entrepreneurial ventures that increase sustainability and environmental awareness while also creating positive returns on investment. The Fund is sponsored by a $5,000 per semester grant from the President’s Fund at the Roberts Environmental Center.


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:

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum provides a space for on campus speaker series. Speakers come from many different disciplines, including environmental studies. Examples: Environmental activist, Kyle Theirmann and Environmental artist, Yih Kah Hoe. Athenaeum employs students to to organize and determine speakers. The Athenaeum is utilized frequently, bringing multiple speakers per week.

The annual Green Careers Conference is conference held for students of the 5 Claremont Colleges to learn about the fields of sustainable and environmental careers. A keynote presentation and panel presentations by green industry leaders highlight the opportunities and challenges facing green jobs today in environmental law, consulting, nonprofits and corporate enterprise. Tabling by numerous companies and organizations with environmental career options and sustainability interests gives students the chance to engage directly in possible career and internship opportunities: http://roberts-environmental-center.cmc.edu/green-careers-conference-2017/


The website URL where information about the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability is available (optional):
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:

n/a


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 consortium-wide OTL "On the Loose" outdoor initiative club trains its leaders with Leave No Trace principles, meaning all trips and outdoor programs under OTL operate under LNT morals. All OTL programs are entirely student run.
http://otl.pomona.edu/main.php?p=trip_details&trip=969

CMC runs the Outdoor Initiative (OI) that hosts 20-30 student-led trips to outdoor venues to raise awareness of nature and climate-related topics.


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)?:
Yes

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

Part of the first-year orientation process includes presentations about sustainability and making more eco-conscious choices. This done through a theatrical presentation, in small group discussions with first year groups, and during the RA dorm presentations.


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?:
Yes

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

Educating for sustainability fulfills the mission of Claremont McKenna College to prepare future leaders. Coursework at CMC incorporates opportunities for students to learn about the concepts and principles surrounding complex critical global environmental issues. CMC provides opportunities to enhance learning and connects students with leadership and research applications. These include the Environmental Center, Environment, Economics, and Politics Major and Environmental Analysis major


The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills programs is available (optional):
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 Robert's Environmental Center, as mentioned under the student run enterprise section, hirers students.
"Our work centers on analyzing and fostering corporate and organizational sustainability and ranges in scope from local businesses to multinational corporations and governments. We regularly publish research reports as well as work directly with organizations to improve their sustainability. The Center stresses student initiative and leadership, giving student employees ownership of projects and providing them with the tools to see them through."

Claremont McKenna College offers 14 internships per year to help expand Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, and Distributed Generation workforce development.
The internships fall into one of these Energy Career Pathways:

1. Energy Engineering
2. Environmental Controls Technology
3. Solar Design, Sales, Estimation
4. Installation & Maintenance
5. Energy Auditing
6. Energy Storage
7. Energy & Environmental Management
8. Building Construction & Architecture


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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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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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