Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.47
Liaison Claudia Kent
Submission Date June 29, 2020

STARS v2.2

Haverford College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jesse Lytle
Chief of Staff
Office of the President
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:

Student groups involved in sustainability range from the sustainability-governance group CER to food-oriented groups ETHOS, Haverfarm, and the Food Co-op to activism groups like our Sunrise Hub to Ehaus, our environmental living group

Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:

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

The Haverford College Farm (Haverfarm) Initiative
A student organization with a mission to create food gardens and similar green spaces on campus for the benefit and use of the Haverford community. We seek to reconnect the Haverford community to the physical landscape and to the process of food production that is rooted in the land. By providing spaces for sustainable food production and education, the HaverFarm contributes to Haverford’s commitment to environmental sustainability. We envision the gardens as both academic and recreational spaces where students and other community members can work alongside one another for fun, for educational purposes, or for research projects.

The Haverfarm is part of a burgeoning program tentatively called ACES, which stands for the Agricultural Center for Environmental Studies. The program is the brain child of the 2014 senior capstone in environmental studies that sought to utilize the interdisciplinary expertise of the students in the class to make a positive impact on the Haverford community by more deeply embedding environmental issues and consciousness into the campus. The center seeks to engage the intersection of environmental issues and agriculture on campus.

There is a new greenhouse that serves as the center for ACES and provides a place for students to engage with farming for the entire academic year. The Haverfarm is the farm component of the center. At the moment, the Haverfarm is growing vegetables on approximately 1/5th of an acre. The farm is recognized as a student club that engages the interest of many underclass students in agriculture, and provide its produce to the campus community, the Dining Center as well as the local Ardmore Food Bank.

Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

The HaverFood Co-op connects students to sustainable, locally sourced food from the Common Market Co-op. Students place weekly orders, manage distribution, and work to maintain accessibility through a sliding scale pricing mechanism.

Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:

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

Haverford Microfinance Consulting helps connect Philadelphia small businesses with microloan products as well as other support services. Through outreach and business surveying, they identify critical business needs and assess them through an academic and practical lens. They combine academic research with practical knowledge of government, non-profit, and other organizational services specific to the Philadelphia area.

Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:

In the Spring of 2018 the Haverfarm hosted a symposium for student farmers.

Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:

Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

The Haverford Outdoors Club is a student club that runs outdoor activities such as hiking trips and rock climbing expeditions for students. The club is run on leave no trace principles.

Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:

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

Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:

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

E-House (Ehaus) is a co-op on Haverford's campus that works to live in a more environmentally sustainable way and bring awareness about the possibilities and impacts of living this way.

Ehaus is a group of students modeling a cooperative lifestyle as a commitment to strengthening our environmental consciousness. We are an intentional community that strives to eat ethically, waste less, and find alternatives to environmentally damaging forms of consumption. These practices manifest themselves in nightly dinners as a haus, weekly community meals, and environmental education through speakers, films, workshops and discussions. All haus members assume responsibility for contributing to the collective mission, while also holding each other accountable for their actions. Ehaus is redefined each year by the community members that live in the haus, and alongside the commitment to environmental justice, we want to cultivate a space for other forms of activism.

Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

The president's office offers a Sustainability Internship, the Committee for Environmental Responsibility leadership is paid, the Arboretum hires horticultural and programs student workers, and the Haverfarm hires Farm Interns.

Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):

A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:

Haverfordians for a Liveable Future is a student activist group focused on divestment and anti-pipeline activism.
Ethos Food Initiative is the sustainable food student group.

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