Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.51
Liaison Dan DeZarn
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2019
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York at Geneseo
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Dan Dezarn
Director of Sustainability
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:

Geneseo Environmental Organization participates in a range of activities including community outreach, organizing Geneseo events including parts of earth week, "late Knight" activities, and the "Kill-a-Watt" contest held annually. GEO also organizes students to participate in environmental campaigns including 350, Powershift, and Think outside the bottle. GEO has pushed for change on campus and was a large player in getting one of the dining halls to change to using china instead of paper and plastic. GEO takes on new projects each year, varying in scope depending on student participation.
FORCES: A multi-campus organization with a focus on volunteer services and recreational activities in New York State Parks.
nature walk club: environmentally conscious organization that hosts semimonthly informative walks through the Spencer J. Roemer Arboretum
outing club: Our mission is to organize events and outings giving students a chance to get outside and be active. We aim to provide students with a fun, stress-relieving activity every week in Geneseo and the surrounding areas. We collect and organize gear and supplies which students may borrow for their own adventures. Our leading goal on campus is to create a network through which students can share and expand their outdoor knowledge and interests
beekeeping club: strives to equip students and faculty with the necessary skills to confidently and safely keep honey bees.
SASI: The goal of SASI is to educate the campus community on issues of social injustice around the world and what we can do to lessen the suffering of others, together as a campus
Ghana Project: Sustaining the Besease School and Agogo Hospital in The Republic of Ghana.

Through the efforts of SUNY Geneseo students, we will promote global awareness and civic engagement. By conducting educational programming and developing community partnerships, we will raise funds in order to sustain a school in Ghana. In addition, we will share Ghanaian culture, and maintain a connection with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.
Geneseo Peace Action: Peace Action is dedicated to empowering student advocates to take action on issues of peace and justice. Through education, grassroots organizing, and action campaigns, we work to promote informed student activism on campus and build leadership among young people in the peace movement. Peace Action Geneseo is a chapter of the national organization, Peace Action NYS.
Women’s Action Coalition: We are a student organization focused on women's and gender issues, as well as understanding inclusivity and intersectionality within this focus, considering issues such as race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, etc. WAC works to raise awareness about the issues facing women and others on our own Geneseo campus, and as far as women and other communities around the world.
Black Student Union (BSU): The Black Student Union is an entity that embraces any and everyone of various backgrouds, with different ideals, experiences, goals, and traditions. This union promotes and environment where people can learn, have fun, and most importantly, express themselves. We always try to keep our topics relevant and as current as possible.
Enlace Project: Enlace Project works to bring together communities, cultures, and people By making connections Enlace Project helps foster sustainable growth and development in communities in Nicaragua. Enlace Project strives to achieve a better understanding between communities in order to create opportunities.
Japanese Culture Club Korean American Student Association, Latino Student Association, Pride Alliance, Shakti, Caribbean Student Association


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:

The community garden is located within the eGarden. The community garden started as an area in which students could experiment with sustainable forms of agriculture. The garden is a learning tool for organic growing. Students are encouraged to participate in maintaining the garden for production of vegetables and herbs for use in the dining halls.


The website URL where information about the gardens, farms or agriculture projects is available (optional):
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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The website URL where information about the student-run enterprises is available (optional):
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?:
Yes

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

Campus movement for SRI for the college endowment

CAS has also moved all investments into SRI

Discussion with Student Investing Program about recommending to the college to divest in fossil fuels and unsustainable practices.


The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
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:

Movie screenings, visiting speaker sessions and panel discussions have been held as well as Live Green Day and Earth week. GEO has sponsored an array of symposiums in the past, including the Regenerative Energy Symposium hosted last year, which discussed Hydraulic Fracturing, Sustainable Housing, and Sustainable Entrepreneurship.

Most recent guest speaker was Xiuhtezcatl Martinez.

FORCES has a local speaker/employee of the school talk at least once a semester,

Campus Sustainability Month (October)
Cultural Harmony Week
President’s Sustainability Commission Lecture
Earth Week
GEO’s Sustainability Symposium
CAS
Local Food Fair / Conference Day
SASI
Cultural Dinners from cultural student organizations
Ghana Project


The website URL where information about the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability is available (optional):
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:

Front Porch Republic, Presidential Sustainability, Ephemeral Arts Festival, GEO’s Carbon Free Concert, COOP Art Shows, Multicultural Organizations


The website URL where information about the cultural arts events, installations or performances is available (optional):
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:

Geneseo Outing Club provides students with opportunities to be involved with student led trips involving (and not limited to) hiking, kayaking and climbing. Student led groups often lead alternative school break trips that involve outdoor activities as well. All are non-exclusive and is funded by the Student Association at Geneseo.

Additional programs include Nature Walk Club and F.O.R.C.E.S.


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:

There is an Adirondack Adventure first year experience program that allows students to experience outdoor adventures for one week prior to coming to school.

Similarly, the Letchworth State Park first year experience has been instituted along with EcoHouse themed living and Tesla-house themed living.

Sustainability of Genesee Valley three day summer program

WOW events hosted by sustainability student organizations (GEO)


The website URL where information about the sustainability-related themes is available (optional):
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:

Monroe residence hall serves as a sustainable model for the rest of the SUNY Geneseo Campus. Tours of the hall are available in which one can see the rain-water harvesting stations, the energy-metering system, and the dorm rooms themselves. Access to dorm suites is available during specified tours.

JADE GOLD certificate requires 8 leadership courses on sustainability, with 8 hours of required volunteer hours

Student Life Interns and Office of Sustainability Interns


The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills programs is available (optional):
Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

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

Office of Sustainability Internship Program
CAS
Department of Student Life Sustainability Interns
President’s Commission Interns


The website URL where information about the student employment opportunities is available:
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:

None


The website URL where information about the graduation pledges is available (optional):
Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
Yes

A brief description of the other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

Sustainable Learning Community
Arboretum projects and research with faculty on a wide range of topics
EGarden research (renewable energy, composting program)
Livingston Cares trips
Community Engagement Projects (PLSC 390, WGST 218)
CIEE Ambassadorships - Discovery Cafe and Credo Kitchen


The website URL where information about other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives is available (optional):
Estimated percentage of students (full-time and part-time) that participate annually in sustainability-focused co-curricular education and outreach programs (0-100):
10

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