Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.44
Liaison Rachel Kornhauser
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Rachel Kornhauser
Sustainability Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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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 College has 3 student groups focused on sustainability:

-Environmental Activism Club: This group works to bring awareness of sustainability to the broader campus community through wide ranging activities such as Tar Sands Action, Hydrofracturing, Environmental Documentary Screenings, and a Mountaintop Removal Speaker.
-Student Sustainability Council: These students work with college administration to address campus sustainability.
-Environmental Science Club


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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:

An organic community garden was established at College Camp during the summer of 2010, allowing faculty, staff and students who would not otherwise be able to garden, to grow their own produce.


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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

"The Red Closet" is a student run consignment shop located on campus. Their mission statement is: "To educate the campus community about the responsible reuse of items while providing a valuable service to faculty, staff and students on campus who are looking for items of use at inexpensive prices. Our reward is interacting with the campus community in an educational and fun way, with the ultimate goal of funding a student sustainability scholarship!"


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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:

Cornell Gladstone Hanlon Kaufmann Lecture Series - Brings international
leaders in environmental thought and education to SUNY Oneonta who share their insights with students and faculty on campus and speak with the community at large.
Green Dragon Week is hosted each year for Earth Day and includes various speakers, workshops, documentary film screenings, etc.


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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 Office of Sustainability hosts a annual Documentary Series that presents a sustainability related documentary every evening for a week.


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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:

The Outdoor Learning Club, led by the Director of Outdoor Services, promotes friendship and proficiency in outdoor living, an appreciation of the outdoors and the growth of this feeling in other students. It also follows the guidelines of low impact, self propelled and non-motorized use of the environment. The club follows 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)?:
No

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

The OWLS NEST Living Learning Community (LLC) is a floor in one of SUNY Oneonta's residence halls offering residential and academic programs related to the outdoors, environment and sustainability. OWLS NEST students will be enrolled in a first-year seminar, as well as ENVS 110, an introductory environmental sustainability course.


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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:

The Sustainability Coordinator hires student interns each semester to help with on campus research, and event planning, coordination, and other engagement activities.


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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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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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