Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.24
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date April 30, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Dickinson College
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Lindsey Lyons
Assistant Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Statewide Student Sustainability Symposium

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

In March 2014, Dickinson hosted the first annual Statewide Student Sustainability Symposium with the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC). The symposium brought together over 125 students from 25 colleges and universities from across Pennsylvania to network, share presentations and posters, and participate in round table discussions. This was the first "for student" sustainability symposium in Pennsylvania, and Dickinson students assisted in the planning and facilitation of this event. The program and format has now been formally adopted by PERC with rotating organizers and hosts each year.

Dickinson students coordinated the facilitation of round table discussions that included promoting initiatives in the face of obstacles, fossil fuel divestment, using dialogue to bridge gaps, interdisciplinary collaboration, Keystone XL pipeline, and campus energy challenges.

You can view the full event recap here:

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

The symposium brought together 25 institutions to conduct 19 presentations with 29 presenters. Additionally, there were 21 posters and 8 roundtable discussions.

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Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
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Curriculum No
Research Yes
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
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Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
Student action, research symposium, collaboration, sustainability projects

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Dickinson hosted the first statewide student sustainability symposium in 2014 that invited undergraduate and graduate students of Pennsylvania colleges and universities to submit proposals for presentations, posters, and roundtable discussions. The symposium provided an opportunity for students to present their sustainability-related research, co-curricular projects, creative works, action projects, and community initiatives and to network with students across the state to promote sustainability collaborations.

The program continues to gain momentum with the second annual symposium being hosted in March 2015.

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