Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.69
Liaison Elizabeth Drake
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Swarthmore College
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Aurora Winslade
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at employees and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Name of the campaign:
The Council on the Uncertain Human Future

A brief description of the campaign:

This council, conceptualized at Clark University by Sarah Buie, seeks to use the climate crisis as an impetus for community building and positive change within an institutional context. It involves the convening of spaced council sessions in which open ended questions are discussed by a circle of students, faculty, and staff.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:

Each of these campaigns has facilitated increased engagement with the next. The project partners were surprised at the level of interest expressed in the Climate essentials course as that interest did not appear to exist previously. Each campaign has served to engage the community in sustainability and at the same time, to understand better the perceptions of sustainability in that community. Thus, throughout the project the leads have been collecting and formatting this data to present to the Alumni Council of the school. Through the students increased interest in the Climate Crisis, the project team hopes to engage the whole of the Swarthmore Community.


Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
The Climate Essentials Short Course

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):

In the 2020 spring semester, two students will be hosting a "Climate Essentials" short course, a weekly afternoon speaker series open to the entire campus community that addresses the following questions: "What does the latest science tell us about the state of the climate crisis? What are the issues of social injustice and oppression that have led us to this point? How can we remain mentally healthy in the days ahead? How do we respond to the climate crisis in meaningful and effective ways?"


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):

This short course is still in progress, but the interest that it has attracted from both the guest speakers and attendees indicates the growing interest of learning about the fundamentals of the climate crisis and coping mechanisms for its impending effects.


A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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