Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 33.30
Liaison Bo Solomon
Submission Date March 31, 2021
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STARS v2.1

Drexel University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Korin Tangtrakul
Sustainability Manager
Sustainable Water Resources Engineering Lab
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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:

(1) Drexel Sierra Club seeks to spread environmental awareness and instill an appreciation of the natural world in order to reduce Drexel’s environmental impact through its policies and student involvement, and to educate students to continue help them environmental efforts after they graduate.
(2) Fossil Free Drexel advocates for climate justice by pushing Drexel to divest its endowment funds from the fossil fuel industry. Along with colleges and universities around the world, we're standing up and demanding that institutions pull investments out of an exploitative industry and reinvest funds into local and sustainable projects and businesses. Let's say no to fossil fuels and yes to a new, regenerative economy.


The website URL where information about the student groups is available (optional):
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:

Drexel has a shared garden project with 12 raised vegetable beds at its community resource center, the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships. A partnership with the community food access organization Trellis for Tomorrow, both Drexel students and campus neighbors participate in planting, maintenance, and harvesting, and all participants share in the harvests.
Drexel’s Culinary Arts program also maintains a plot in a local community garden called the Summer Winter Garden, part of a network of community gardens around Philadelphia. The Summer Winter Garden is surrounded by Drexel’s campus. Students in the Culinary Arts Course CULA 426, Kitchen Garden, work in the garden and use harvests for course food preparation projects.


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:

Sharing Excess is a social enterprise founded by a Drexel student, Evan Ehlers, and which engages Drexel students in its operations. Sharing Excess addresses food waste and food insecurity among college students and city residents.


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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?:
No

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
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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:

Drexel hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including: annual Earth Day Block Party; Green Infrastructure, Climate and Cities featuring lectures of green topics; film screenings; Recycling Collection Events; Clothing Donation Drives; Recyclemania and Campus Conversation Nationals; neighborhood and city cleanups. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University's Urban Sustainability Forum also hosts monthly lectures and panel discussions. Academic departments across the university regularly host lectures and other educational events surrounding sustainability.


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Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
No

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:
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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:

Drexel Weekend Warriors is a student organization that organizes outdoor trips, such as hiking or whitewater rafting, open to all Drexel undergraduates each quarter.


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors programs is available (optional):
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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

The Pennoni Honors College hosts a program called the Symposium, a year-long series of interdisciplinary coursework around a common theme; themes are frequently sustainability-focused, with the most recent theme looking at waste.


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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:

N/A


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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 Drexel Computer Recycling Program (DCR) helps University departments guarantee data security on existing computers that have reached the end-of-life stage for departments and allows these computers to be refurbished for reuse.
There are sustainability-related co-op opportunities, such as field ecology positions with the Academy of Natural Sciences and field research positions with the Sustainable Water Research Engineering Lab in the Drexel College of Engineering.


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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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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
No

A brief description of the other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:
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