Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.15
Liaison Lori Collins-Hall
Submission Date March 5, 2021
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Sterling College (VT)
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Matthew Derr
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
One of the first to declare a Climate Emergency

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Sterling College was one of the first, if not the first, in the United States to declare a climate emergency, supported by the ten-year strategic initiative adopted in April 2019 to use education as a force to address critical ecological problems caused by unlimited growth and consumption that is destroying the planet as we have known it, such as:
- Fossil fuel dependence and rapid climate change.
- Destruction of biodiversity and loss of wild places.
- Promotion of harmful agricultural practices that threaten human and natural communities.
- Persistence of structural oppression that impacts human and ecological wellbeing.
- Deterioration of civil society through estrangement from community, nature, and place.

Our vision is informed and guided by five competencies gained through learning assessed by our faculty:
- Achieve a sophisticated understanding of, and personal engagement with, ecological systems.
- Understand societies and cultures as dynamic and complex systems of relationships and interdependencies.
- Use research and creative endeavor to explore concepts, experiences, and artifacts.
- Articulate ideas and share information clearly, using a diversity of approaches.
- Demonstrate effective, knowledgeable, skilled, and responsible leadership in community.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Enagement
Public Engagement
Air & Climate

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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