Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.54
Liaison Meghan Wrenn
Submission Date Aug. 8, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Endicott College
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Anthony Michetti
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Air & Climate?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Air & Climate:

Students have conducted climate impact and vulnerability assessments, and other environmental impact reviews for course projects and thesis. Students and staff recently supported the City of Beverly's coastal resiliency plan and provided educational information to summer school program for local 8th graders on campus.

Environmental Science utilizes the campus beaches, marshes and vernal pools for field work.

The Office of Sustainability routinely speaks in a variety of classes and gives a campus sustainability tour.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Buildings?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Buildings:

Hospitality Management students through their Sustainable Tourism class developed their own audit systems and audit portfolios of buildings on campus for sustainable operations.

Students in Energy and Environment (ENV 338), Environmental Issues (ENV 150), and Environmental Science (ENV 220) measure energy use of equipment.

Student completing solar feasibility study for buildings on campus for thesis.

A student is writing his thesis using LEED for Existing Buildings to evaluate the Arts Center for compliance with this standard.

Students conducted a showerhead audit and evaluated water data.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Energy?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Energy:

Students in Energy and Environment (ENV 338), Environmental Issues (ENV 150), and Environmental Science (ENV 220) measure energy use of equipment.

Students collecting data and analyzing energy use intensity of buildings.

Students involved in energy conservation measures being implemented.

Hospitality Management students through their Sustainable Tourism class developed their own audit systems and audits portfolios of buildings on campus for sustainable operations.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Food & Dining?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Food & Dining:

Students in Environmental Science (ENV 220) conducted an audit of Dining.

Students help manage campus garden.

Hospitality Program manages seasonal restaurant at College property and focuses on farm to table dinners.

Students are exposed to educational outreach through our dining services provider, Sodexo, with a focus on mindful eating, food waste, and locally sourced food.

Office of Sustainability has a dining fellow.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Grounds?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Grounds:

A student mapped all the trees in an area of campus for his GIS class. He developed a plan to become a Tree Campus.

The trail system on campus is used by a variety of programs and has educational signage throughout. Currently the entire Endicott community is participating in plant species identification using iNaturalist.

Environmental Science utilizes the campus beaches, marches and vernal pools for field work.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Purchasing?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Purchasing:

Students have studied various purchasing initiatives including a project that resulted in a change in toilet tissue to a recycled content product.

The Office of Sustainability has a purchasing fellow that works closely with the procurement office to review products on campus and helped develop our Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Transportation:

Students have looked at bike sharing, electric vehicle charging stations (6 installed on campus), and shared vehicles. We have a shared vehicle program and are working on implementing a bike sharing pilot.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Waste?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Waste:

LST100 was a course devoted to the study of Trash. Students in that class conducted a waste audit. Students in LST100 developed some signage as a result.

Students have been conducting surveys in their residence halls to improve recycling rates.

Student completed Civic Engagement course project reviewing recycling procedures of students on campus.

Student ran composting pilot in apartment style residence hall.

Students driving food service provider Sodexo to provide compostable serviceware at all locations and for all events.

Zero waste BBQ at the end of the year in partnership with Student Activities and Athletics.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Water?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Water:

Students in ENV 220 conducted a showerhead audit and evaluated water data.

Students involved in expanding bottle filling stations and establishing a plan for expansion and best locations. Looking at reducing standalone water stations.

Reviewing irrigation use on campus and potential for water audits throughout campus.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Coordination & Planning?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Coordination & Planning:

There is a student run Endicott Environmental Society group that plans student activities on and off campus and partners with Office of Sustainability.

The Office of Sustainability has a student activities fellow.

The Office of Sustainability hosts multiple events on campus throughout the year to engage the local community, students, staff and faculty in sustainability themed topics.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Diversity & Affordability:

The College recently launched a new diversity and inclusion initiative.

The Safe Zone Project is a resource that aims to build powerful and effective LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning +) educational opportunities through awareness and ally training workshops.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Investment & Finance?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Investment & Finance:

A student advisory club invests some of the college endowment. The faculty, Office of Sustainability, and environmental society held a seminar on the issue of intentional investment. Students and faculty have seats on the college strategic planning committee.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Public Engagement?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Public Engagement:

The Office of Sustainability hosts multiple events on campus throughout the year to engage the local community, students, staff and faculty in sustainability themed topics. These include lectures, yoga on the beach (followed by a beach cleanup), trail hikes, and our Earth Day where we engage local vendors and non-profits in addition to student groups.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Wellbeing & Work?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Wellbeing & Work:

Annual benefits fair that Office of Sustainability participates in with outside vendors.

New focus on healthier materials and furniture purchasing to improve indoor air quality and health of building occupants.

Wellness and meditation activities through the chaplain and HR.

Relaxation events planned for students during exam weeks.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to other areas (e.g. arts & culture or technology)?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to other areas:

Both our nursing program and interior architecture program use the campus to address sustainability themed studies such as toxics use reduction and building design.


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