Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.76
Liaison Mark Youndt
Submission Date March 10, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Skidmore College
IC-1: Institutional Boundary

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Karen Kellogg
Director of Sustainability
Dean of Faculty's Office
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Institution type: Associate (i.e., short-cycle), Baccalaureate, Doctoral/Research, or Master's:

Institutional control (Public, Private for-profit, or Private non-profit):
Private non-profit

A brief description of the institution’s main campus and other aspects of the institutional boundary used to complete this report:

Skidmore College is a highly regarded liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs, New York. The principal mission of Skidmore is the education of predominantly full-time undergraduates, a diverse population of talented students who are eager to engage actively in the learning process. The College seeks to prepare liberally educated graduates to continue their quest for knowledge and to make the choices required of informed, responsible citizens. Skidmore faculty and staff create a challenging yet supportive environment that cultivates students’ intellectual and personal excellence, encouraging them to expand their expectations of themselves while they enrich their academic understanding.

Skidmore owns over 1,000 acres of land. The core of our campus is heavily treed and includes nearly all of our classroom, office, and residential buildings and our North Woods, a conserved forest that is a regional treasure of flora and fauna. The North Woods is approximately 150 acres and is used by Skidmore and the Saratoga community alike. The woods are a place where people can connect with nature through meditation, cross-country skiing, walking, hiking, running, and they also serve as Skidmore’s outdoor laboratory. More than 30 courses across the College rely on the North Woods and numerous research projects are based in the North Woods each year. Our “off campus” parcels include the site of Skidmore’s solar farm, the site of our windrow composting, an equestrian stables and riding center, and several wooded properties to the north and west of campus. We have included all of Skidmore’s land in our reporting for STARS.

Which of the following features are present on campus and which are included within the institutional boundary?:
Present? Included?
Agricultural school No No
Medical school No No
Other professional school with labs and clinics (e.g. dental, nursing, pharmacy, public health, veterinary) No No
Satellite campus No No
Farm larger than 5 acres or 2 hectares No No
Agricultural experiment station larger than 5 acres or 2 hectares No No
Hospital No No

The rationale for excluding any features that are present from the institutional boundary:

We are a small liberal arts school, and the features above are not typically associated with this type of institution.

Additional documentation to support the submission :

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