Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.79
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date May 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Colorado College
IN-3: Innovation 3

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Drew Cavin
Director of Office of Field Study
Office of Field Study
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Sense of Place Trips

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

This year the Office of Sustainability, the Office of Field Studies, and the Outdoor Recreation Club have collaborated to create Sense of Place trips following the introduction of Sense of Place into New Student Orientation two years ago. These trips are open to students, faculty, and staff and attempt to go beyond the introduction to Colorado Springs and the west during NSO. Fall 2015 trips included birding at Pinello Ranch, a Native American history walk through Cheyenne Canyon, a water tour with Colorado Springs Utilities, and a tour of the waste material recovery facility. Trips planned for spring of 2016 are a Martin Drake Power plant tour, "Not your average ski trip" discussing the impacts of the commercial ski industry on Colorado forest land, a Venetucci Farms workday, a visit to Ludlow Massacre Site, and another trip to go birding at Pinello Ranch. These trips provide an educational setting for students, faculty, and staff to learn hands-on about Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the greater west.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

The sense of place trips work to engrain an ethic of sustainability in students, faculty, and staff to care for Colorado College's greater community. With 80% of the student body coming from out-of-state, these trips educate students about CC and its surroundings. Fostering a sense of place also fosters a caring and engagement with the place itself. It is necessary to bolster this understanding in order to pursue sustainability and analyze CC's impact on its environment in order to make it a valuable community member and an agent for change. The sense of place trips increase the number of students with basic knowledge about CC's surrounding environment and also increase the student, faculty, and staff engagement in sustainability related issues.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research No
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services ---
Energy Yes
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste Yes
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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