Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.66
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date April 26, 2011
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State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Tier2-8: Themed Semester or Year

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Bruce Bongarten
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Provost/Academic Affairs
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Has the institution chosen a sustainability-related theme for its themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the past three years?:
Yes

A brief description of the themed semester, year, or first-year experience:

ESF requires all incoming freshman to read a book related to the environment. In past years, students were required to read:

2010 Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
2009 The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
2008 Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
2007 Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
2006 Recovering the Sacred by Winona LaDuke
2005 The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
2004 Enough by Bill McKibben

The required summer reading is used by the “Writing and the Environment” (a first year student course) instructors as well as the professors who teach Biology and Chemistry. The themes of the yearly book are incorporated into lectures, discussions, and assignments.


The sustainability-related book that was chosen, if applicable:
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

The website URL where information about the theme is available:

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