Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.73
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date June 13, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Dickinson College
Tier2-8: Themed Semester or Year

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Daniel Webster
Sustainability Projects Coordinator
Center for Sustainability Education
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Has the institution chosen a sustainability-related theme for its themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the past three years?:

A brief description of the themed semester, year, or first-year experience:
For the third consecutive year, Dickinson College will have a sustainability themed Residential Learning Community for first year students. Seventy-five students, fifteen in each of six First-Year Seminars that will explore questions about food and food systems from a variety of perspectives, will live together in a residence hall as members of the Food Odyssey Residential Learning Community. Members of the learning community will participate in activities that extend learning beyond the classroom and into the residence hall and community. Activities include field trips, service learning projects, dinner and film discussions with faculty members, attendance of public lectures on food and sustainability (invited speakers include Eric Schlosser, Michael Abelman, Marion Nestle, and Anna Lappe), and small group interactions with the guest speakers. Members of the sustainability learning communities of past years have organized themselves to take action to reduce the ecological footprint of their residence hall by setting up clothes-drying racks in their dorm, establishing a composting program for their building, planting a garden and other measures. The Learning Community will be assigned an upper-level student coordinator who will live in the residence hall and work with the students and faculty to plan and coordinator activities.

The sustainability-related book that was chosen, if applicable:

The website URL where information about the theme is available:
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