Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.02
Liaison Zachary Czuprynski
Submission Date Feb. 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Prescott College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Zachary Czuprynski
Sustainability Coordinator
Green Mountain Center for Sustainablity
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:
Yes

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:
The Sustainability Club (formerly the Garden & Compost Club) is a student-led group that broadly works to improve sustainability in the community. The mission of the club is to expand, educate, and support sustainability efforts of all kinds for diverse groups of stakeholders. https://prescott.edu/clubs-organizations

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?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:
There are several garden locations on campus. Currently, three are fully utilized and maintained by students and classes. These gardens are managed using organic, pesticide-free, and drylands agricultural methods. All gardens provide opportunities for student work in and out of class. There are spaces and opportunities for students to garden within the Village dorms as well. https://prescott.edu/news/feeding-students-and-sustainability

Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:
No

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:
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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?:
No

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:
Prescott College hosted the Association of Arizona Environmental Education conference on campus. https://prescott.edu/news/prescott-college-will-host-2019-association-arizona-environmental-educator-conference Every Friday, MS students and faculty learn from invited guests about food systems and other related content. https://prescott.edu/news/master-science-sustainable-food-systems-program-announces-new-podcast-series-capstone PC hosts the annual Sustainability Education PHD Symposium virtually. Prescott College hosts several symposia throughout the year. Each spring the Ph.D. program in Sustainability Education hosts a Sustainability Education Symposium. The Master of Arts in Social Justice & Community Organizing program hosts a Community Strategy Summit (formerly the Thumbprint Summit) and various undergraduate classes host symposia as capstone projects for their course. https://prescott.edu/news/prescott-college-host-12th-annual-sustainability-education-phd-symposium-april-15th-17th https://prescott.edu/news/13th-annual-sustainability-education-phd-symposium-be-held-may-5-7

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?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:
This article dates past the reporting period but describes accurately the tradition of hosting Yoni Dialogues and Sex Week. https://prescott.edu/news/yoni-dialogues-opens-prescott-college-sex-week Students in the Arts program also get to present their work in the form of an installation representing the work they did over the term. Students are guided with prompts from their course, often about art in activism, personal representation, local and global events, and ecological foodprints.

Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
Yes

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:
Each fall, nearly one hundred new Prescott College students find themselves in “the classroom,” the breathtaking, sometimes raw, always diverse terrains and environments of the Southwest as part of an orientation course. New Prescott students learn about themselves, nature and the ways of Prescott College in Orientation, the most revered of the College’s traditions, thus beginning the journey of developing the relationships with self, each other, faculty, and the natural world underlying so much of the learning at Prescott College. For most students, orientation will mean, as it has for thousands before them, a three-week Desert, Mountain and Canyon Expedition (aka Wilderness Orientation). During this adventure, students are oriented with each other, safe and responsible outdoor protocol, and creating accessibility to everyone outdoors. https://www.prescott.edu/resident-undergraduate-orientation

Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
Prescott College offers a unique new student Orientation experience for residing undergraduates. For over 50 years, new students at Prescott College have built transformative connections to the college, their environment, and each other while on Orientation. Orientation gives students the opportunity to build foundational communities that help to sustain them throughout their academic journey at Prescott College. Students develop cultural awareness and critical thinking tools to decolonize their education. They complete individual research projects, service learning opportunities, day hikes, and field trips to develop a sense of place and explore the ecological, political, and cultural histories of their new home. https://www.prescott.edu/resident-undergraduate-orientation

Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
The Green Mountain Center for Sustainability hosts many sustainable workshops and interactives. It permanently houses the Free Store, sewing supplies for crafting and repair, garden growing stations, repurposed and reclaimed items, and strongly supports social sustainability and community building. Faculty, staff, or students typically volunteer to lead a specific workshop and teach a sustainable life skill like, for example, using a sewing machine to repair clothing. The entire Village facility provides model examples of sustainable living on campus. There are units that are available for public viewing, particularly for prospective students, and also a unit open for student activity use. These units allow housing staff and others to model sustainability principles and green living within our LEED Platinum facilities.

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

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:
Students can get work-study funds and be employed at the Green Mountain Center for Sustainability where they work on projects, events, and other sustainability furthering endeavors. Students may work with Facilities on Butte Creek Landscape Watering, Maintenance, & Enhancement. They may also be a Campus Garden Worker, focusing on the gardens and campus interactions with those opportunities. The Frantz Fanon Community Strategy Center has opportunities for Photographers, Outreach Coordinators, and more. New opportunities are always being shared and created.

Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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