Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.84
Liaison Adrienne Schwarte
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Maryville College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Adrienne Schwarte
Associate Professor of Design, Coordinator of Sustainability Studies Minor
Fine Arts & Sustainability Studies
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Does the institution have one or more co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that fall into the following categories?:
Yes or No
Active student groups focused on sustainability Yes
Gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems Yes
Student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes No
Sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills No
Conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles Yes
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences No
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills Yes
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution Yes
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions No
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The name and a brief description of each student group focused on sustainability:

Environmental Action Team (EAT) - The purpose of E.A.T. is to take action on sustainability issues on the MC campus and in our community and to raise awareness about environmental issues for the betterment of our planet.
We have other organizations that may volunteer or participate in sustainability work, but they are not focused solely on sustainability.


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A brief description of gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems:

The community garden and orchard is funded by a grant from the Gerald W. Gibson Professional Development Fund. The project is a joint venture among Academic Affairs, Student Development and the Physical Plant. The orchards combine promotion of wellness and healthy lifestyles, the desire to maximize the College’s land for learning and aesthetics, and the goal of teaching science as something tangible.


The website URL where information about the organic agriculture and/or sustainable food systems projects and initiatives is available:
A brief description of student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes:
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A brief description of the sustainable investment or finance initiatives:
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A brief description of conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

At least one of the annual Earth Week at Maryville College series of events involve a guest speaker and/or environmental film screening and discussion event which is focused on students as the intended audience to learn more about issues such as climate change, energy efficiency, waste reduction, deforestation, preservation and others.


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A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

The Fine Arts Department has a professional gallery, Blackberry Farm Gallery, and the Denso Community Gallery which have both included professional art exhibitions and senior theses that have both included sustainability. The course ART200, Sustainable Art Processes, hosts a sustainable art exhibition each year the course is offered as well.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts event(s) is available:
A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:

Every Mountain Challenge program where students go out into the wilderness follows Leave No Trace principles. This includes orientation excursions where students go camping in the mountains and go whitewater rafting or hiking. These also yield zero waste. Other programs include but are not limited to rafting, caving, ropes courses, rock climbing, and climbing the Alpine Tower.


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A brief description of sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
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A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

Mountain Challenge is a business that is on campus that employees MC students and is both a corporate and socially responsible business and a Certified B Corporation that engages students in every day environmental sustainability. Also, the college offers programs to discuss sustainable living in regard to laundry, turn out the lights programs, and sustainable printing.


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A brief description of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities:

Students are employed through the Environmental Initiatives Office to collect data about sustainability and make it available to the campus and community. There are also student interns employed to collect data for AASHE-STARS and have been employed for TVA-ERSHE as well.


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A brief description of graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions:
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:
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