Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.06
Liaison Deborah Steinberg
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2020

STARS v2.2

Knox College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Deborah Steinberg
Director of Campus Sustainability Initiatives
Office of Sustainability
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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:

The following list highlights the student groups on campus that consider sustainability in their programming. All groups are student-governed.

The Alliance for Peaceful Action (APA) intends to raise awareness and support for human rights all over the world. APA strives against apathy in the student body and in the world and also tries to be sustainable in what they do for the campus.

The Bike Club was founded with the goals of: giving all students access to bikes and bike accessories, helping students realize the joy of biking, and encouraging the environmental alternative of biking for travel.

The Blessings in a Backpack student group provides students with a backpack of food to take home with them on the weekends. For some, this may be all the food they will have for those days that they are not in school.

Food Recovery Network (FRN) is made up of dedicated volunteers who strive to reduce food waste and promote food justice through education and prevention within the local Galesburg community.

Friends of Green Oaks (FOGO) focuses on the appreciation of nature including: environmental awareness, educational opportunities, trail clearing, invasive species control, small prairie burns, and general clean-up.

Nature Club is focused on increasing students' understanding and appreciation of nature and raising awareness about the consequences of human activity on the natural world.

Students for Sustainability (S4S) seeks to promote education and support of environmentally friendly practices. They are constantly promoting ways to maintain a sustainable lifestyle, including sponsoring many events on campus, some of which are the largest campus events each year, such as Earth Week.

In addition to the important governance function of Student Senate, there is a standing Senate Sustainability Committee that deals directly with issues on campus involving 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?:

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

Since 2008 Knox College has had a student-run, on-campus garden. In 2011 the program became official and The Knox Farm was founded. It is comprised of a curriculum-based urban farm used for classes and research projects and a student-managed production space that produces more than a half-ton of food a year for the campus cafeteria. https://www.knox.edu/offices/sustainability/food-systems/knox-farm

Nature Club maintains multiple Monarch Waystation gardens around campus, which are planted with native flowering plants that help support Monarch populations and encourage other pollinators' health. https://www.knox.edu/campus-life/student-organizations/nature-club

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:

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:

Knox students established the Student Sustainability Fund in 2008 as a student-run and student-driven funding source for campus sustainability projects. Administered by the Student Senate's Sustainability Committee and drawn from student activity fees, any student can request funds for a project that will directly increase the sustainability of the Knox College campus.

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:

Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference
This annual conference is hosted at Knox College and includes re-broadcasts of the national conference along with an in-person keynote speaker and local expert presentations and workshops. https://www.knox.edu/bioneers

Earth Month
Students organize multiple events during the month of April, culminating in an Earth Day Festival and Speaker, to highlight stewardship and environmentalism. https://www.knox.edu/earthmonth

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:

The art exhibit, Under Ground: Compost, Seeds and Swedes, was on display in the campus gallery in the winter of 2020. This exhibit reflected on hunger, growing, and placemaking.

The 2018 Bioneers conference included an arts track that brought local experts in written, performance, and visual art.

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:

Environmental Studies course field trips (ongoing), Geology course field trips (when taught), the Alaska summer internship program (almost every summer), and Green Oaks term (every-other year, the last in 2018), all provide curriculum-based outdoor education opportunities that follow these 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:

Eco House, a permanent theme house on campus, is a residence dedicated to celebrating and practicing earth-conscious living, accepts students as space is available and is required to do campus-wide programming on sustainable living through the academic year.

A goal of the Students for Sustainability student organization is to educate on sustainable choices, therefore they host workshops on various sustainable life skills, such as growing microgreens and making your own soap.

Each April a Repair Fair is held, where students can bring items to be mended and learn how to do the mending themselves, to encourage reuse and repair over disposal.

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

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

The Office of Sustainability employees about 10 students to assist with ongoing sustainability initiatives, such as non-traditional recycling, the Bike Shop, and the Farm.

In 2020 a new Sustainability Project Leaders staff program was initiated where students work on term- or year-long sustainability projects.

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):

Each year since 2014, Knox students are offered the opportunity to sign the Graduation Pledge of Social & Environmental Responsibility, and to wear the associated green ribbon on their commencement regalia.

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

The President's Council on Sustainability offers students the opportunity to join with faculty, staff, and administrators in defining the priorities and actions of the college with regards to sustainability. This group meets monthly, and participating students contribute through decision-making task forces, discussion, and deliberation.

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