Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 41.59
Liaison Adam Maurer
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Seattle Central College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Adam Maurer
District Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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:

The SCC Sustainable Food Systems' aim is to raise awareness about the ways in which the Seattle Central community (and the community at large) can engage with their local and regional food system.


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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:

The Seattle Central College Plant Science Laboratory offers students hands-on experience with urban agriculture and greenhouses. It is a laboratory/greenhouse space open to the general public for viewing and used by students of Seattle Central College for plant-related science activities. The Seattle Culinary Academy, part of Seattle Central College, uses a part of the Plant Science Laboratory to grow greens that they incorporate in their prepared meals.


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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:

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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:

Central celebrates Earth Week annually. Each year is slightly different, but in spring 2015 events included an Earth Day Fair with local sustainability-related nonprofits and companies, like our local chapter of Sierra Club, 350 Seattle, Beacon Food Forest, Sustainable Capitol Hill, BioBag, Pugent Sound Beekeepers Association, etc. Earth Week events also included sustainability related films ("Kombit the Cooperative" and "A Place at the Table") and presentations ("Pete Knutson: Owner of Loki Fish" and "Community Alliance for Global Justice").

Additionally, the Library hosts a weekly discussion series, COSI (Conversations on Social Issues). This series often highlights sustainability speakers and discussion. Recent discussions have been titled, "The Fall Carbon Tax Initiative (I-732)," "Ask a Climate Scientist," "Changing the World One Meal at a Time: The Connection Between Climate and Food," " Global Warming: What is Being Done and What Can We Do?" and "Environmental Racism"


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:

The School of Apparel Design & Development engages in cultural arts events, installation and performance related to sustainability with students, alumni, and apparel development professionals as the intended audience. Here are a few examples; 1) As part of the annual Innovation Series a panel discusses sustainability from several perspectives by companies and artisans who use recycled and repurposed materials to create product or art. 3/14/2014 "Alchemist / Artist / Activist - A Vision of Sustainability", 2) Annually students participate in Goodwill's "Glitter Gala" to design fashion garments from Goodwill products to present in their fashion show


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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?:
No

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

All students enrolled in matriculated studies are required to complete 8 credits in Integrated Studies. The Integrated Studies requirement may be fulfilled by approved individual/stand-alone courses, linked courses, or coordinated studies programs that reflect the General Description, Student Learning Outcomes, and some of the suggested Curriculum Design Elements listed below. Integrated Studies is a collaborative teaching and learning mode which explores questions, problems, or issues too broad to be adequately studied within a single discipline, and which aims at a complex understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge. For the past few years (i.e. academic years 2013-2014 through 2016-2017), Integrated Studies has focused on food and the various way food and food systems impact people, planet, and the economy.


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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
No

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
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Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

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

1) The Seattle Central College Plant Science Laboratory has a running internship for manager. The student works approximately 13-16 hours/week and is paid. This internship has existed for 3 academic years to date. In addition, the Plant Science Lab hires 2-3 hourly students per academic year to help with various needs. 2) The Seattle Colleges, of which Seattle Central is a part, offers student internships and employment on an as needed basis.


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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:

n/a


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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
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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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