Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.54
Liaison Meghan Wrenn
Submission Date Aug. 8, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Endicott College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Meghan Wrenn
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability
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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:

Endicott Environmental Society:
Students and faculty devoted to responsible environmental practices meet regularly to organize efforts on campus and in the local communities. EES has been instrumental in spearheading campus recycling efforts. The group brings together concerned students from all majors for field trips, fundraising efforts, informational sessions, research projects, and fun activities.

Endicott Biotech Society:
The Biotech Society was created as a way for students to get together and discuss current science topics, to share ideas on the impact of biotechnology in society, to attend lectures and workshops, to promote health and wellness through community service and outreach, and to learn about exciting career and internship opportunities.


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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

Students and staff manage two raised vegetable beds on campus, where they tend to the garden and harvest organic produce, including cherry tomatoes, kale, lettuce, cucumbers, garlic, carrots, beets, radishes, sage, basil, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, and thyme. Herbs and vegetables from the garden are used for cooking in the dining hall, and compost from the dining hall is used in the garden beds, creating a full circle of food production.

Our dining services provider, Sodexo, focuses on providing and highlighting locally sourced food.

Partnership with a local CSA (farm based in Beverly a couple miles from campus) offered to students, staff and faculty.


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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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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:

Earth Day Festival; part of Earth Month with weekly events
Speakers, Faculty Panels, Guest Lectures, etc.
RecycleMania Campaigns and Events
Sustainability Week in the Fall
STEM Lecture Series
Energy Symposium


The website URL where information about the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability is available (optional):
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Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

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

We hold sustainability-themed art competitions where students, faculty, and staff create art out of recycled materials (among other things) and submissions are displayed in the Arts Center. Interior Design students display their work around campus which includes green building and sustainable design elements. We also show documentaries on environmental issues such as climate change and waste. Occasionally, the Arts Center will host exhibits related to sustainability, such as the recent "Ecocide" exhibit by Zoe Matthiessen.

Recently, the Dance Ensemble presented "Anthropocene," a visual/dance production investigating the Anthropogenic epoch as a transformative time in history—one that recognizes significant human impact on the Earth through the convergence of dance, visual art, and sound. The production took audiences on an unexpected journey combining familiarity and a parallel universe that one day could be our reality.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts events, installations or performances is available (optional):
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:

Endicott Outdoor Adventure Club
The Outdoor Adventure Club manages an inventory of paddle boards and kayaks on campus for for student outings in addition to planning and running hikes and backpacking outings in the region. Education of Leave No Trace principles is a key component for all activities and followed for every activity to protect the outdoors.


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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)?:
Yes

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

We have LST 100 courses which are designed for first year students to prepare them for four years of undergraduate study. Courses have included:

Trash- In this course we apply research and scientific methods to probe the issues of commercial and residential waste disposal, reduction, and recycling. We will examine our own trash and think hard about litter, behavior change, and the expectations of a disposable society.

The Ecology of Food - What do we eat, and why? What meanings do we give our food? What impact do food choices have on the environment, on our bodies, on our communities? An interdisciplinary approach to these questions will use investigative journalism, literary essays, films, and visits with some of the people who work getting food to our tables. We'll look at topics such as health, globalization, and agriculture from multiple perspectives


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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

Our Sustainability Fellowship program educates students on areas within the College where sustainability initiatives can be improved. These students work as a liaison between our office and other departments on campus.

Healthy Living residence halls are provided as an option with a focus on positive, sustainable lifestyle choices. The Healthy Living residence halls educate students and provides sustainable life skills as they relate to behavior change and energy use, water use and health and well-being including mindfulness and food. The engagement programs in these residence halls are utilized on the broader campus and as an example for other students to look towards to learn sustainable life skills beyond Endicott.


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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:

We have a work study program where students are hired and paid to collect recycling on campus and increase public awareness of recycling and sustainable living. We also hire Sustainability Fellows to work on various sustainability initiatives across campus.


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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?:
Yes

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

We have a Sustainability Committee that is comprised of faculty, staff and two student members. The purpose of the Committee is to help advance, prioritize, and evaluate Endicott's sustainability initiatives.


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