Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.05
Liaison Greg Lischke
Submission Date Nov. 20, 2013
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Ithaca College
ER-T2-1: Student Group

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Marian Brown
Special Assistant to the Provost
Office of the Provost
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:
Yes

The name and a brief description of each student group:

- Ithaca College Environmental Society (ICES) promotes environmental awareness and responsibility on our campus through education, activism, and stewardship, while reaching out both within our campus and the community of Ithaca.
https://ithaca.collegiatelink.net/organization/ices1970
- The IC undergraduate chapter of Net Impact represents the School of Business' objective to "foster sustainable enterprises." The program promotes the study and practice of sustainability in corporate enterprises and encourages a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibilities. http://www.ithaca.edu/business/clubs/netimpact/
- Frack Off is a student group that is focused on a specific issue of sustainability. They work with the campus and town community to stop the drilling of the Marcellus Shale Deposit. https://ithaca.collegiatelink.net/organization/frackoff
- The Terracycle Brigade works to divert and collect certain materials from the waste stream for return to Terracycle for 'upcycling' into new consumer products. https://ithaca.collegiatelink.net/organization/ICTerracycle
- Bomber Bikes works to enhance campus infrastructure for bicycling, including more bike racks and bike shelters, and on-campus bike mechanic support. https://ithaca.collegiatelink.net/organization/bomberbikes
- The IC Take Back the Tap chapter works to discourage bottled water consumption on campus in favor of reusable beverage containers that are filled with tap water.
https://ithaca.collegiatelink.net/organization/takebackthetap
- S.W.I.F.T. (Stop Wasting Ithaca's Food Today) works with Dining Services to repackage and deliver leftover, unserved food to local food pantries. https://ithaca.collegiatelink.net/organization/SWIFT
- IC Organic Growers developed and maintains the campus organic garden and the Permaculture garden. https://ithaca.collegiatelink.net/organization/organicgrowersofithacacollege
- IC Greens is a new organization supporting grass-roots activists, environmentalists, advocates for social justice, non-violent resisters, and regular citizens who have had enough of corporate-dominated politics and want to change society. https://ithaca.collegiatelink.net/organization/ICGreens


List up to 4 notable recent activities or accomplishments of student group(s):

- Bomber Bikes developed a capital budget request for a bike shelter for campus and successfully "sold" the administration on the concept; the shelter was installed in May 2013 and has been in heavy use ever since.
- Take Back the Tap petitioned the administration to commit to installing Elkay bottle fill stations whenever standard water fountains are replaced as a result of renovation projects. To date, more than half a dozen have been installed.
- IC Net Impact conducted a series of "carrot mobs" in which they work with local businesses that commit to integrating more sustainable technology/equipment in exchange for Net Impact using its social media reach to drive increased traffic to the business. Net Impact also convinced the School of Business to implement "Carry In / Carry Out" in its classrooms - no trash receptacles are found in the rooms and users are directed to take their waste materials/recyclables/compostables to the waste separation stations outside the classrooms.
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List other student groups that address sustainability:
Two additional unregistered student groups are active: E.L.A.N. focuses on sustainability activism and L.I.P.S. works to advance living wage efforts.

The website URL where information about student group(s) is available:

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