College of the Atlantic
Bar Harbor, ME, US
|Rating||Score||Liaison||Submission Date||Executive Letter|
|Gold||65.48||Spencer Gray||March 30, 2018||Download|
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- 1st quartile score (75% of institutions scored above this figure);
- Median (or 2nd quartile) score (50% of institutions scored above this figure);
- 3rd quartile score (25% of institutions scored above this figure);
- Top score for all institutions of the same basic type.
|Academic Courses||Complete||14.00 / 14.00|
|Learning Outcomes||Complete||8.00 / 8.00|
|Undergraduate Program||Complete||3.00 / 3.00|
|Graduate Program||Complete||3.00 / 3.00|
|Immersive Experience||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|
|Sustainability Literacy Assessment||Complete||4.00 / 4.00|
|Incentives for Developing Courses||Not Pursuing||0.00 / 2.00|
|Campus as a Living Laboratory||Complete||4.00 / 4.00|
|Student Educators Program||Complete||4.00 / 4.00|
|Student Orientation||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|
|Student Life||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|
|Outreach Materials and Publications||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|
|Outreach Campaign||Complete||4.00 / 4.00|
|Assessing Sustainability Culture||Not Pursuing||0.00 / 1.00|
|Employee Educators Program||Not Pursuing||0.00 / 3.00|
|Employee Orientation||Complete||1.00 / 1.00|
|Staff Professional Development||Complete||1.00 / 2.00|
|Community Partnerships||Not Pursuing||0.00 / 3.00|
|Inter-Campus Collaboration||Complete||3.00 / 3.00|
|Continuing Education||Not Pursuing||0.00 / 5.00|
|Community Service||Complete||3.87 / 5.00|
|Participation in Public Policy||Not Pursuing||0.00 / 2.00|
|Trademark Licensing||Not Pursuing||0.00 / 2.00|
Much of the COA campus incorporates summer "cottages" built on the coast of Maine in the late 1800s. We work to retain their historic presence and attain our desire for sustainability. It is a balancing act.
Recently, we designed and built state of the art student residences with wood pellet heating and compostable toilets. Since then, we've concentrated on raising the efficiency of existing buildings.
It's interesting to note that in the 1970s COA had one of the first sustainable design programs in the nation, with sustainable buildings designed and built by students over the course of several years.<< show less
|Building Energy Consumption||Complete||3.72 / 6.00|
|Clean and Renewable Energy||Complete||1.78 / 4.00|
In keeping with COA's culture of sustainability, COA's oceanfront campus has always been maintained organically. Recently, landscaping has focused on easier organic maintenance, and there has been a move toward focusing on native species and plantings to increase pollinators.
In addition, COA has historic gardens that students, staff, and faculty continue to restore.<< show less
|Landscape Management||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|
This credit is weighted more heavily for institutions that own or manage land that includes or is adjacent to any of the following:
Institutions may identify legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and regions of conservation importance using the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) for Research & Conservation Planning, the U.S. Information, Planning, and Conservation (IPaC) decision support system, or an equivalent resource or study.
COA is located on a bridged island which is also home to Acadia National Park. It is a rural area with a vibrant tourist season. Public transportation consists of the Island Explorer bus system which runs for 4 months each year during the tourist season. This is a free, propane powered bus system with several bus routes across the island. The buses are equipped with bike racks for riders to bring their bikes with stops at the college and in downtown Bar Harbor where many students, staff and faculty live.
Most students not living on campus rent in town within walking distance to campus. Many students bike or walk to school.
To reduce our carbon output and to ensure safety, COA also provides a night shuttle between campus and downtown. The college provides a morning shuttle service in winter months to reduce individual commuting during the day.
A Ford Focus Electric Vehicle provided by the college is dedicated to student travel for independent studies, internships, or senior projects.
The electric vehicle is charged at solar charging stations located on campus and at each of the college's two farms. These charging stations are also open to and used by students, faculty, staff, as well as the general public, for charging their personal electric vehicles. The stations can be found on: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations/
Students are very conscious about carpooling when they do drive, whether on the island or to and from home during term breaks. Frequent email communication through the community email facilitates this carpooling, and there is an electronic ride share list as well.
|Campus Fleet||Complete||0.09 / 1.00|
|Student Commute Modal Split||Complete||1.79 / 2.00|
|Employee Commute Modal Split||Complete||0.26 / 2.00|
|Support for Sustainable Transportation||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|
This credit is weighted more heavily for institutions located in areas of water stress and scarcity and less heavily for institutions in areas with relative water abundance. The points available for this credit are determined by the level of ”Physical Risk QUANTITY” for the institution’s main campus,, as indicated by the World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas and detailed in the following table:
|Rainwater Management||Complete||1.00 / 2.00|
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staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.