Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Kathleen Hilimire
Submission Date March 3, 2020

STARS v2.2

Fort Lewis College
PRE-2: Points of Distinction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Kathleen Hilimire
Assistant Professor
Environmental Studies
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Name of the institution’s featured sustainability program, initiative, or accomplishment:
Honoring Indigenous Land Rights

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

The history of Fort Lewis College is interwoven with the history and people of southwest Colorado and the Four Corners area - it is unique among the educational institutions in this country. It is the history of this institution that has shaped the college that overlooks Durango today and serves thousands of students every year.

Fort Lewis College exists to provide the same exceptional educational opportunities to every student who walks through the doors of any campus building.

Preceding on-campus events, the following land acknowledgment is read for guests, to honor and respect the land on which we gather:

"I would like to start by acknowledging that the land we gather on today, at Fort Lewis College, is the ancestral lands and territories of Nuchu (Ute), Apache, the Pueblos, Hopi, Zuni, and the Diné Nation. We think it is important to provide this acknowledgment because the narratives of this land and region have long been told from one dominant perspective, without full acknowledgment of the tribes who lived on this land before it was Fort Lewis College. Thank you for your attention and respect in acknowledging this important history."


Which of the following impact areas does the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Diversity & Affordability

Website URL where more information about the accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
---

A photograph or document associated with the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:
---

Name of a second highlighted sustainability program/initiative/accomplishment:
FLC Tuition Promise

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

We are committed to providing Colorado residents from all economic backgrounds the opportunity to pursue a four-year degree. With the FLC Tuition Promise, we will cover the tuition for any admitted Colorado resident whose family income is $60,000 or less.

First, we will use federal, state, or institutional grants and scholarships—like the Pell Grant, Colorado Student Grant, or College Opportunity Fund to cover tuition. If your award through these programs does not equal the full cost of your tuition, we will make up the difference. If tuition increases, your financial aid will increase with it.


Which impact areas does the second program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Diversity & Affordability

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):
PA-7

A photograph or document associated with the second program/initiative/accomplishment:
---

Name of a third highlighted program/initiative/accomplishment:
FLC Carbon Commitment

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

Fort Lewis College is a signatory to the Second Nature Carbon Commitment. Through this commitment, Fort Lewis aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, with interim emissions reductions targets every five years. In 2018, we exceeded our goal and reduced carbon emissions by 58% through a combination of efforts including energy efficiency improvements on campus, waste reduction efforts, solar panels on campus buildings, and the purchase of wind-generated Renewable Energy Credits.


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

Website URL where more information about the third program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the third program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
OP-2

A photograph or document associated with the third program/initiative/accomplishment:
---

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.