Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 41.01
Liaison Chad Carwein
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

East Carolina University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Chad Carwein
University Sustainability Manager
HSC Facilities Services
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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:

The purpose of the ECO Pirates student organization is to promote and improve campus sustainability and environmental health for East Carolina University and the surrounding Greenville community by working with students, organizations, and Greenville groups; being proactive about our environment; to be committed to the betterment of the health of the citizens of Greenville, NC; to promote the active improvement of environment health science professional education; to assist in the improvement and understanding of North Carolina, National, and World environmental science health problems.


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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?:
No

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:
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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)?:
No

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:
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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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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:

SustainECU and the ECU Green Library Group hosted the first annual Sustainability Film & Discussion Series in Fall 2016, which strives to lend a voice to environmental sustainability and climate change issues affecting our community and the world. The program was also supported in part by ECU Facilities Services and the Joyner Library as well as Campus Recreation and Wellness.

The series will screen monthly documentary films ranging in topics from consumerism to waste, agriculture to water, and transportation to energy. Students were encouraged to attend these events and bring a friend to kick off this new series and stick around afterward for the post-film discussions.

All film screenings in the series qualify as a Wellness Premier events, which students enrolled in HLTH 1000 and some sections of COAD 1000 are required to attend. To qualify as Premier in the Wellness Passport Program, events must be larger-scale and feature a guest speaker, panel discussion, or multi-departmental collaborative sponsorship. In order to be considered for Wellness Passport approval, programs must:

• Address one of the dimensions of wellness (see below for descriptions of each);
• Be educational in nature;
• Be free for students;
• Be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the program event/date; AND
• Include an assessment plan (for premier programs/events only).

In order to assess a learning component, after each screening, the crowd in attendance will be asked a question via the Poll Everywhere app. For example, attendees may be asked the following:

“Do you intend to make any personal behavior changes as a result of what you learned by attending this program? If yes, what changes do you intend to make?”


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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

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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:

The ECU Outdoor Adventure Program follows Leave No Trace principles in the following ways:

- Backpacking Clinic: Teaching Leave No Trace
- Staff Leadership Training Initiative 7: Leave No Trace


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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)?:
No

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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:
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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:

SustainECU hires 1-2 interns each semester through the Self-Help Student Jobs program. In fact, during the Fall 2-016 semester, one of our interns is helping with our first STARS submission and another intern is helping to redesign our website located at sustain.ecu.edu.


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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

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