Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 32.70
Liaison Carl Powell
Submission Date Jan. 10, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Ringling College of Art and Design
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups focused on sustainability:

Ringling Interior Design Association (RIDA) group representing the alliance between American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Students, Student Government Association (SGA)


The website URL where information about the student groups is available (optional):
Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects 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:

We have a collaborative volunteer program with our local community garden: Orange Blossom Garden. Students are welcomed to help maintain the garden in exchange for fresh produce, community partnership, and collaboration.


The website URL where information about the gardens, farms or agriculture projects is available (optional):
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Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
No

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

no - n/a


The website URL where information about the student-run enterprises is available (optional):
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Does the institution have 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

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
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Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

During the 2012-2013 academic year, Resident Assistants produced 20 sustainability related programs. With our new themed communities in 2013-14 these types of programs should increase. Resident Assistants work within the guidelines of a C-A-R-E-S programming model (Collaborative, Awareness, Recreation, Education, Service). Within this model, the Awareness, Education, and Service all have components that encourage programs related to sustainability issues, including outdoors trips, Earth Day Awareness campaigns, and environmental cleanups.


The website URL where information about the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability is available (optional):
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Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:

Events exist within Student Life programming initiatives as well as via the academic departments


The website URL where information about the cultural arts events, installations or performances is available (optional):
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Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
Yes

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

Ringling College of Art and Design has an Outdoor Recreation program that gives the opportunity for students to go kayaking and hiking in the local environment. Kayaking trips occur once a month, allowing up to 15 students each trip, to take in the local mangrove tunnels and marine life. Hiking trips to local state parks, occur at least once a semester. These trips are designed to allow students to explore Florida’s natural environment.


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors programs is available (optional):
Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

Ringling College has a Theme Housing floor targeting, but not limited to sophomore students called “Outdoor Experience.” This group of 40 students participates in team building and group activities that involve engagement in the local environment. There is a service component to this theme housing area, including beach/park/reef clean ups, but most activities involve students participating in outdoor activities including kayaking, camping, and hiking. Part of each activity is a description of and commitment to uphold sustainable practices relevant to the event.


The website URL where information about the sustainability-related themes is available (optional):
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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

campus wide recycling, student life programming, as well as community garden listed above


The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills programs is available (optional):
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Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:
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The website URL where information about the student employment opportunities is available:
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Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledges:
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The website URL where information about the graduation pledges is available (optional):
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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
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A brief description of the other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:
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The website URL where information about other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives is available (optional):
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Estimated percentage of students (full-time and part-time) that participate annually in sustainability-focused co-curricular education and outreach programs (0-100):
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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