Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 26.15
Liaison Hector Davis
Submission Date June 26, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Tarleton State University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Hector Davis
Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator
Risk Management & Compliance
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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 No
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 No
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles Yes
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 Yes
Other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives No

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

Tarleton Environmental Society - The aim of this group has been to be diverse and include as many interests and points of view as possible, while focusing on learning, hands-on experience, spreading awareness, and community service. The environmental society has organized the Bosque River Cleanup for the last three (3) years, which has attracted over 50 volunteers and removed hundreds of pounds of trash and debris from the river that runs through Stephenville City Park.

Student Wildlife Society - This student group is the Tarleton student chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS). TWS is an international, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization comprised of nearly 9,600 members from 60 countries. TWS represents professionals and students dedicated to the sustainable management of wildlife resources and their habitats. The Student Wildlife Society: -Fosters campus and community awareness of wildlife issues -Augments the educational opportunities for students in natural resource fields -Prepares members for careers in wildlife biology, conservation, and management -Encourages professionalism and high standards of scholarship -Provides opportunities for improved communication among local members, with other student chapters, and with our state chapter.


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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:

The department of Wildlife, Sustainability & Ecosystem Sciences maintains a sustainable teaching garden on Tarleton's campus. The produce grown at the farm is used for dining events hosted on campus and in the University Dining Hall.


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

The Department of Chemistry, Geosciences & Physics hosts multiple speakers each year to address students concerning various environmental and ecological issues facing the world today. Topics include issues such as the history of dams and river awareness and the fate of pharmaceuticals in aquatic and terrestrial environments.

The Environmental Advisory Council and the Department of Risk Management & Compliance partner each year on Earth Day to share information with students, staff and faculty. Tables are hosted at high traffic areas on campus where informational materials are shared, along with free giveaways and a raffle to win sustainable items such as totes and reusable water bottles. In addition, local elementary schools come visit for sessions on recycling and environmental responsibility.

Diversity Dialogue - The office of Diversity & Inclusion hosts regularly scheduled Diversity Dialogues in which different topics related to diversity and inclusion are experienced and discussed in an effort to engage and learn more about the people, cultures, and differences in our society.

Leaders4diversity Conference - The office of Diversity & Inclusion hosts this conference. Nearly a dozen speakers and presenters give their insights about diversity. It provides opportunities to learn about culture, how to respect diversity, and diversity related opportunities for each of us in our daily lives. Upon arrival a goody bag is provided and later in the day lunch is served.


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A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:
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A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:

Tarleton State University's Outdoor Adventure staff promote Leave No Trace principles during outdoor activities. Students acquire knowledge about and participate in a variety of adventure activities. Development of technical, equipment, safety, activity, and leadership skills is also included.


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A brief description of sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
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A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

Tarleton currently maintains a permaculture garden in which students from the Wildlife, Sustainability & Ecosystem Science department learn agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.


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A brief description of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities:

The department of Risk Management & Compliance and the department of Wildlife, Sustainability and Ecosystem Sciences offer employment through the Intern to Learn program. Students earn required Applied Learning Experience (ALE) credits while simultaneously earning a paycheck.


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A brief description of graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions:

The Tarleton Environmental Society, the Tarleton Eco-Reps and the Center for Environmental Studies sponsor the "Campaign for Change” Sustainability Pledge.


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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:
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