Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.37
Liaison Calandra Lake
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

College of William & Mary
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Calandra Waters Lake
Director of Sustainability
Office of 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:

The Student Environmental Action Coalition has been a very active sustainability student organization with campaigns focused on recycling, environmental justice, gardening, solar, bicycles, and others. We also have Campus Kitchens and a new chapter of the Food Recovery Network that both work to provided food to those in need. Other groups include the Design Thinking Club, DormMania, Forks, Net Impact, Students for Animals and the W&M Bike Alliance.


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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:

W&M's Dining Services (Sodexo) works with KelRae Farms, located about 10 minutes from campus. The university has 4 rows with KelRae that students, faculty, and staff may help maintain and the produce is used in the dining halls. This also provides W&M access to other local produce grown at KelRae.


The website URL where information about the gardens, farms or agriculture projects is available (optional):
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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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

DormMania is a student created and run program that rescues dorm items that would have been disposed of, cleans, checks, and stores the items until the fall and then sells them at a yard-sale to incoming students. The project is in its third year and makes enough money to support itself plus some and is entirely student driven and managed.


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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:

In Spring 2016 the Green to Gold Fund, W&M first green revolving fund, was established. It was seeded with money from the student Green Fee and has approved a pilot project wherein a parking deck will be retrofitted with LED's, reducing energy use by over 70% and increasing light output by over 30%. The Green to Gold Fund Committee is comprised of faculty, students, and staff.


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:

Each fall we hold a Sustainability Summit around a theme that is aimed at providing an opportunity for faculty, staff, but particularly students, to come together and learn about sustainability as well as share ideas and connect. The event hosts panels of professionals, a set of breakout sessions, food, and a keynote speaker.


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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:

Professor Alan Braddock and student Rachel Merriman-Goldring received a Green Fee grant to host Sue Coe at W&M, an internationally-recognized artist to discuss issues pertaining to factory farming. Sue led a panel discussion in October of 2015 that was well attended.


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 Tribe Adventure Program has trained leaders that take groups on outdoor excursions. They are trained in Leave No Trace principles that they put to use on their trips and review with their participants. The program has also hosted the Leave No Trace traveling trainers so they could educate the W&M employees personally.


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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)?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
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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?:
No

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills programs is available (optional):
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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 Office of Sustainability has 4 paid internships and Dining Services provides 5+ paid sustainability internships.


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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?:
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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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