Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.18
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2012
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Columbia University
ER-T2-5: Sustainable Enterprise

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Kristina Hernandez
Director Communications
Strategic Communications, Columbia University Facilities and Operations
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Does the institution have a student-run enterprise, such as a cafe, through which students gain sustainable business skills?:

A brief description of the enterprise:

CoreFoods is a student run non-profit organic cooperative. The mission of CoreFoods is to provide students and members of the Columbia community with affordable and nutritious foods produced in a sustainable way. CoreFoods offers organic, local, vegan, and vegetarian foods, such as Country Choice Quick Cooking Oatmeal, Glutino Gluten Free Chewy Bars, Stash Premium Organic Teas, and Woodstock Farms Vegetarian Gummy Subs. Members volunteer for one to two hours per month and help with operational tasks such as pricing and inventory. In return, they receive a 10% discount on products.

Columbia University’s various student organizations are also launching a major campaign to raise awareness about the fight against malaria in Africa through student-run enterprises, including:

Barnard-Columbia Undergraduate Public Health Society (BCUPHS)
Efforts towards the Malaria Campaign include selling Povertees t-shirts to raise awareness about malaria in Africa and the Millennium Promise organization. Povertees was started by three Columbia University students last year when they decided it was time to help end poverty in Africa. The t-shirt slogans include: "Sustainable Development is Sexy," "Debt...Drop It Like It's Hot," and "Jeff Sachs is my Homeboy." For more information go to: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/publichealth/

Columbia University's Partnership for International Development (CUPID)
CUPID will be working hard to promote the bed net campaign to raise funds in all the graduate schools across campus. Each school will be responsible for putting on at least one event throughout the campaign. CUPID members will work with other development-focused clubs in each school on these events. Additionally, CUPID is planning to host an awareness-raising event on campus in Mid-November to raise interest in the campaign throughout the broader student-body.

Additional URL: http://earth.columbia.edu/articles/view/44

The website URL where information about the sustainable enterprise is available:

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