Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.51
Liaison Jennifer Lamy
Submission Date July 14, 2022

STARS v2.2

Emerson College
PRE-2: Points of Distinction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Jennifer Lamy
Campus Sustainability Manager
Campus Services
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Name of the institution’s featured sustainability program, initiative, or accomplishment:
Emerson College Engagement Lab

A brief description of the institution’s featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:

The Engagement Lab at Emerson College works with faculty across the campus to create dynamic studios that respond to real world problems. Studios take a number of different forms, from short term engagements to year-long partnerships. Currently, a three-year initiative is underway focused on gun violence. The Transforming Narratives Of Gun Violence Initiative (TNGVI) is a three-year partnership between Emerson College’s Engagement Lab, the Center for Gun Violence Prevention at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. This Boston-based collaboration is exploring narrative interventions to interrupt the crisis of gun violence through partnered studios in media, arts and communication. Multi-disciplinary studio classes at Emerson College work alongside community partners to understand the roots and impacts of gun violence narratives in media and co-create interventions. Through a collaborative design approach, this initiative centers those most impacted by the effects of gun violence, in the exploration and creation of narrative interventions to restore urgency, dignity, and humanity to this pervasive issue.

In the spring of 2023, the Engagement Lab will launch another initiative, this one focused on environmental justice.


Which of the following impact areas does the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Curriculum
Research
Public Engagement

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STARS credit in which the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
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Name of a second highlighted sustainability program/initiative/accomplishment:
Residence Hall Sustainability

A brief description of the second program/initiative/accomplishment:

Four out of Emerson's five residence halls are LEED certified. The largest residence hall is the Little Building, which houses all first-year students, and was reopened in 2019 after renovations. Rather than demolishing the Little Building and erecting a new residence hall – which no city, state, or federal regulations prevented — Emerson decided to preserve and renovate the beautiful and historic structure.

The Little Building, which earned LEED Gold certification, contains low-E glass, natural ventilation in all sleeping rooms, and white roofing.


Which impact areas does the second program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Air & Climate
Buildings
Energy

Website URL where more information about the second program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the second program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
OP-3

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STARS credit in which the third program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
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