Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.92
Liaison Chang Tzau-Chau
Submission Date March 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

National Taiwan Normal University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Chang Tzau-Chau
Graduate Institute of Environmental Education
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 Roots & Shoots Club is mainly composed of a group of environmentally-conscious students. They are committed to implementing environmental protection from the individual. They have held nature experience activities and hand-made workshops of environmental protection products. In addition to daily book clubs, film screenings, and workshops, they also advocate environmental sustainability actions on campus from the perspective of students.

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:
There is an artificial wetland on the campus that can be used to treat wastewater. This wetland is also an eco-friendly environment, providing students and communities to learn and to experience nature.

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:

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:
During the previous three years, the Graduate Institute of Environmental Education was hosted 5 academic seminars, mainly focusing on environmental education, climate change, and wetland conservation. More than 40 sustainable lectures was hosted, including climate change, animal protection, environmental education, science education, ocean conservation, green energy, marine debris, circular economy, and wetland conservation, etc.

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 National Taiwan Normal University Art Museum launched the "In the Name of Tree" art project, leading students into the community to promote public art.
This project combines old urban trees, public art creations, style shops and artists’ entry methods to promote the importance of ecology and aesthetics in the city, such as organizing woodworking workshops, assembling wooden boxes for plants, and planting edible landscaping in community gardens.

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:
A four-day American Grand Canyon climbing project was planned based on the Leave No Trace principle. Before the trip, a series of training was conducted, including physical training, hiking skills, and a complete food and water plan to reduce the impact on the environment.
Students took turns to be the Leader of a day in order to solve and to complete challenges. For example, when wild animals suddenly invaded the camp, they cooperated with each other and resolved the crisis safely without harming the animals.

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:
(1)Graduate Institute of Environmental Education offers Doctoral and Master Degrees. The courses requirements include four categories: (1) environmental philosophies and research methods, (2) environmental core subjects – ecology, habitats, communities, and nature-society interactions, (3) the theories and development of environmental education, and (4) field practices of environmental education in both formal and non-formal settings. Internship and theses/dissertation writings are also required.
(2) Environmental Behavior Science
The course offered by the Institute of Environmental Education helps students understand environmental behavior, the factors and strategies that affect environmental behavior and environmental behavior related theories. The purpose the course is to help students to experience sustainable behavior by self-select and establish a sustainable behavior, including the use of a variety of rewards, support mechanisms and strategies to eliminate barriers to personal behavior change. These exercise including goal setting, diary writing and inputing the diary on the website every week, discussions in class, statistical analysis of data, conversations with theory, and resulting a final essay. Students must practice daily for one and half month to establish sustainable living skills.

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:
Ecological Group Project
This ecological group was established in 2005, and the main members are students from the Graduate Institute of Environmental Education. They learn and experience nature through the habitat management of the artificial wetland. By deciduous composting and removing the exotic species, students can learn the importance and the value of wetlands.

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

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

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):

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.