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Liaison Greg Monaco
Submission Date Nov. 10, 2016
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Stony Brook University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Tom Lanzilotta
Campus Energy Manager
Campus Operations and Maintenance
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Does the institution have one or more co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that fall into the following categories?:
Yes or No
Active student groups focused on sustainability Yes
Gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems Yes
Student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes Yes
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
Conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles No
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences No
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills Yes
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution Yes
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions No
Other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives Yes

The name and a brief description of each student group focused on sustainability:

Environmental Club- A student run organization that aims to spread awareness about sustainability on campus through organized events.

EcoLeaders- a program where staff members collaborate with students to try to solve sustainability related problems on campus.


The website URL where information about student groups is available:
A brief description of gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems:

Stony Brook University Office of Sustainability and EcoLeader students planted an organic vegetable garden this summer 2013 adjacent to the Research & Development Park Greenhouse. With assistance from the Division of Facilities & Services, students Tom Bruno, Seamus Petterson and others supply fresh organically grown produce to dining facilities on west campus. The vegetables are grown on 13 raised planting beds, which are 8 feet by 4 feet wooden rectangles with 2 neat rows of plantings in each bed – with each bed growing an average of 12 plants each. A variety of vegetables and herbs are organically grown in the garden, including lettuce, spinach, zucchini, squash, string beans, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, basil and cilantro. The vegetables were chosen in collaboration with Campus Dining Services Chef John Hutchison and are used for sampling in the Student Activities Center and to craft delicious meals for the University community to enjoy.


The website URL where information about the organic agriculture and/or sustainable food systems projects and initiatives is available:
A brief description of student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes:

The purpose of the Stony Brook Environmental Club is to protect, conserve, and improve the environment by taking action on campus environmental issues. They also raise awareness about local, regional, and global environmental issues through publication, presentation, and public interaction. The club organizes debates/discussions about environmental issues and hosts events such as the Green Gala to celebrate Earth Day. All students are eligible to become members of the club.


The website URL where information about the student-run enterprise(s) is available:
A brief description of the sustainable investment or finance initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable investment or finance initiatives is available:
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A brief description of conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

Every year Stony Brook has a lecture series that covers many different topics. Students are always welcome and many of these lectures focus on themes of environmentalism.


The website URL where information about the event(s) is available:
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A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

The Sustainability Studies academic program organizes a weekly, environmentally themed film festival during the fall and spring semesters. Environmental film showings highlight local and national issues and feature environmental experts.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts event(s) is available:
A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:
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The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors program(s) is available:
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A brief description of sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
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The website URL where information about the theme is available:
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A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

Ecoleaders is a program that is open to all students and does both outreach and problem solving related to sustainability.


The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills program(s) is available:
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A brief description of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities:

Stony Brook hires student employees to work in the Office of Sustainability, which is located within the Division of Facilities & Services. Students work with full time staff to implement various sustainability initiatives, research sustainable solutions and to communicate current University initiatives.


The website URL where information about the student employment opportuntities is available:
A brief description of graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions:
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The website URL where information about the graduation pledge program is available:
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

The Stony Brook University Global Innovation Team (GIT) is a co-curricular engineering / sustainability-minded student program that focuses on solving engineering-type environmental issues in both on and off campus settings. The program was formerly referred to as "Engineers Without Borders" and renames itself as GIT. Students are actively seeking engagement in projects and some projects include Roth Pond care, on/off campus renewable energy demonstrations and water preservation.


The website URL where information about other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives is available:
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