Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 28.23
Liaison Brian Webb
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

Houghton College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Brian Webb
Sustainability Coordinator
Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:
Yes

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

The Eco Reps program engages student volunteers to learn about sustainability and participate in sustainability-related projects and events on campus. The Eco Reps programs hosts approximately 6-8 events per semester. It is run by student interns who work for the Center for Sustainability.


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?:
Yes

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

We have a 5,000 ft2 campus garden that produces vegetables for the campus dining hall. 2019 was our first year of operation. The garden is completely overseen by student leaders.


Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:
No

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:
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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?:
No

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

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

We host an annual Earth Day speaker series that includes a sustainability professional speaker, work projects, and other educational opportunities to learn about sustainability. We also send students to a regional sustainability conference.


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?:
Yes

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

We host an annual "Arts and the Environment" event that feature environmentally themed art and music. Students submit art projects to qualify for one of several categories. We also have participatory art, sustainable food, and music and poetry with a sustainability theme.


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

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

We have a first-year orientation program that featured LNT principles as part of the wilderness ethic. Students spend a week backpacking in the Adirondacks


Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
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Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
No

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
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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 4 paid student internships through the Center for Sustainability. These include a Sustainability Outreach Coordinator, a Garden Coordinator, an Events Coordinator, and an Eco Reps Coordinator.


Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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