Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 43.02
Liaison Tanja Srebotnjak
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Harvey Mudd College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Louis Spanias
Sustainability Program Manager
Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design
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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:

Engineers for a Sustainable World / Mudders Organizing for Sustainability Solutions (ESW/MOSS) is a student organization at Harvey Mudd College devoted to promoting sustainability on campus, in the community, and around the world through projects and community education. ESW/MOSS is deeply involved with campus facilities projects, which have recently included promoting a new compost and waste sorting program across campus, and have also played a major role in promoting a Claremont Colleges-wide electricity saving competition across all residence halls. The organization has also been involved in International projects, which have included work on clean water and solar power in Ngomano, Kenya, as well as on sustainable agriculture in Koundara, Kenya.


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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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The website URL where information about the gardens, farms or agriculture projects is available (optional):
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

The institution does have a Green Revolving Fund of $1 million, which is largely centered on sustainable investments in facilities project with a minimum price tag of $50,000 and with a specified return on investment. Projects are reviewed and evaluated by the campus Sustainability Committee, which includes 2-3 students each year who partake and represent the student body. In addition, interns placed in the Facilities & Maintenance department through the Energize Colleges program have also had the opportunity to work directly on Green Fund projects and perform financial analyses and evaluations of those projects.


The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
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:

Every two years (as of October 2016), the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design hosts a Biennial Conference for Sustainable Design and Solutions on campus. The conference aims to raise academic and personal awareness regarding environmental sustainability issues on local, regional and global scales. In addition, the Hixon Center hosts and participates in a number of events on- and off-campus regarding environmental and sustainability topics, both independently and collaboratively. For example, the center puts on a "Black, Gold and Green" Speaker series is every Spring semester, which brings speakers to campus from all around the world to speak to Harvey Mudd and Claremont College students, faculty and staff about large-scale environmental sustainability topics. Featured speakers have included Senator Kevin de Leon, energy experts Daniel Kammen (U.C. Berkeley) and Dian Grueneich (Stanford), and more. The Center has also co-facilitated programs with its Career Services office (bringing in alumni in green careers) and the campus Office of Institutional Diversity (e.g., an environmental workshop series that engages students in dialogue on Environmental Justice, Ethics and Leadership through the exploration of local case studies). In Fall 2017, the Hixon Center put on an "Eco-Engage" Sustainability Dialogue series, which brought students, staff and faculty together into moderated dialogues around environmental issues with the aim of facilitating a transition from critical thinking on these issues to individual and community action.


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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

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the cultural arts events, installations or performances is available (optional):
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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?:
No

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:
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The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors programs is available (optional):
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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

A brief description of the sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
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The website URL where information about the sustainability-related themes is available (optional):
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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:

The Hixon Center started facilitating an "Eco-Engage" Sustainability Dialogue Series in the fall of 2017, which is a series of moderated dialogues and workshops aimed to transition participants from critical thinking to individual and community action. The workshops have included more life-skills focused components, including sustainable cooking and dining, community engagement and activism, civic participation, and more.


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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:

The Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design at Harvey Mudd College offers a number of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities: (1) the Energize Colleges program offers a number of on- and off-campus semester-long internships that allow students to work on projects and initiatives in energy career pathways. These internships have included work with campus facilities offices, as well as with local city and non-profit entities; and (2) the Hixon Center also offers a number of paid research/internship opportunities, including through its Hixon Center-Ecologic Institute Summer Internship Program, the Rasmussen Summer Research Fund, and the Hixon Summer Research Fellowships (and soon-to-be-established Social Justice Fellowship).


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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:

Every spring, the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design and the campus student sustainability group, ESW/MOSS, co-sponsor and host "Eco-Hacks" - a sustainability-focused Hackathon event that encourages students from all majors interested in coding and problem solving to spend an entire evening devoted to presenting a coding or digital platform solution to a stated environmental problem. The hackathon is developed and co-ideated with faculty from across campus, and is one of the campus' staple co-curricular sustainability programs.

In addition, the "Black, Gold and Green" Speaker Series, which primarily serves as a series of seminars and lectures, are largely academically focused (and feature a number of prominent environmental scholars) - and could be considered as a co-curricular sustainability program.


The website URL where information about other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives is available (optional):
Estimated percentage of students (full-time and part-time) that participate annually in sustainability-focused co-curricular education and outreach programs (0-100):
13

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