Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 62.34
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date Jan. 27, 2022

STARS v2.2

James Madison University
PRE-2: Points of Distinction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Christie-Joy Hartman
Executive Director
ISNW
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Name of the institution’s featured sustainability program, initiative, or accomplishment:
East Campus Hillside

A brief description of the institution’s featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:
Formerly a traditionally manicured grass area, the Hillside has been transformed into an educational ecosystem that provides students and faculty with an outdoor learning resource and demonstrates JMU's commitment to environmental stewardship. The four phase project now features a 1.6 acre meadow containing 29 native plant species, a 2 acre tree planting area home to 25 different tree species, 1000 feet of restored stream channel and associated riparian buffer, and an edible forest garden. Collaboratively developed by JMU faculty, students, staff, community members, and a Visiting Scholar, the project won a silver-level Governor's Environmental Excellence Award in 2014. More than three thousand undergraduate students have engaged with the East Campus Hillside, and it is used regularly in more than 15 courses.

Which of the following impact areas does the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Curriculum
Campus Engagement
Grounds

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):
OP 10: Biodiversity

A photograph or document associated with the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:
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Name of a second highlighted sustainability program/initiative/accomplishment:
Valley Scholars

A brief description of the second program/initiative/accomplishment:
The Valley Scholars (VS) program provides outreach activities to first generation middle and high school students, engaging them in educational enrichment activities designed to increase awareness and access to institutions of higher education with the goal of providing scholarship support for students admitted to and attending James Madison University. The Valley Scholars program serves first-generation, financially eligible students, who are motivated and show academic promise in middle school and throughout high school. Current partner school districts include Augusta County, Harrisonburg City, Page County, Rockingham County, Shenandoah County, Staunton City, and Waynesboro City Schools. After completing the application and interview process, students are selected in the spring of the 7th grade year, with program participation beginning in the 8th grade.

Which impact areas does the second program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Public Engagement
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 8: Affordability and Access and IN 47: Innovation A

A photograph or document associated with the second program/initiative/accomplishment:
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Name of a third highlighted program/initiative/accomplishment:
Ethical Reasoning in Action

A brief description of the third program/initiative/accomplishment:
Ethical Reasoning in Action (ERiA), JMU’s innovative, research-based, campus-wide ethical reasoning program, prepares students, staff, and faculty to recognize and respond to a wide range (economic, environmental, social, and political) of sustainability issues. Practicing the strategy of habitually asking eight key questions (8KQ), that is, querying fairness, outcomes, responsibilities, character, liberty, empathy, authority and rights (FORCLEAR), draws attention to the critical concerns at the heart of sustainability efforts. Developing a campus culture with heightened sustainability consciousness happens as a beneficial byproduct of continually asking ethical questions. Ethical Reasoning in Action is part of New Student Orientation.

Which impact areas does the third program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Curriculum
Research
Campus Engagement

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):
EN 2: Orientation

A photograph or document associated with the third program/initiative/accomplishment:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
East Campus Hillside information taken directly from JMU website on October 15, 2021. Information on Valley Scholars and Ethical Reasoning in Action taken from Credits listed.

East Campus Hillside information taken directly from JMU website on October 15, 2021.

Information on Valley Scholars and Ethical Reasoning in Action taken from Credits listed.

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