|Submission Date||March 3, 2023|
Texas Tech University
EN-3: Student Life
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:
Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:
Tech Future Leaders in Transportation, Student Association For The Institute of Environmental and Human Health, Association of Natural Resource Scientists, Student American Society of Landscape Architects, Engineers Without Borders, Environmental Law Society, Heart of Lubbock Community Garden, Society of Environmental Professionals, Students for Sustainability, Project Climate. These are all student-governed organizations, and there are likely more sustainability-focused events/activities held by other organizations listed on the student organization website.
Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:
Heart of Lubbock Community Garden is run by a student group from Natural Resource Management. They manage a local CSA. The project is completely student-governed.
Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:
A brief description of the student-run enterprises:
Texas Tech Housing Services employs students and student interns in all aspects of their operation, including meal vending locations and trade shops. Housing Services actively practices sustainable operations and management, passing these mindsets and skills on to the students as part of their training and employment.
Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:
The Climate Center hosts Science by the Glass, a weekly speaker series that covers a number of climate related topics. Now an online wonderful experience to learn about climate, the coronavirus, gardening, particles in the air, agriculture and more! Seminars can be viewed live on Zoom or at a later date on Youtube. https://www.depts.ttu.edu/csc/sciencebytheglass.php Student Government Association (SGA) hosted a speaker event for Green Week, prior to Arbor Day. Dr. Hayhoe gave a talk regarding conversations on climate change.
Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:
Students in Art 4304: Art, Environment, Sustainability put together a "Solar Powered Painting" event with students at Estacado High School. Artwork from the students are available for viewing at Professor Carol Flueckiger's website. https://view.publitas.com/texas-tech-school-of-art/ttu-aes-2021/page/8
Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:
The Wildlife Society hosts events at national parks. In FY21, the Wildlife Society visited Caprock Canyon State Park. The group shared on social media the importance of following "Leave No Trace" principles. https://www.facebook.com/TTUTWS/posts/this-past-weekend-some-of-the-members-of-the-social-media-committee-and-a-few-of/3271845906198307/
Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:
A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
The Honors college runs semester-long projects where students focus on environmental issues. University Studies has a semester project built around the environment and sustainable communities where each student connects these issues back to their personal disciplines. University Studies is where the students do not have a major but instead pick three minors. The Honors College also runs semester-long projects where students focus on environmental issues.
Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:
The Office of Sustainability, Climate Center, and Housing offer student employment opportunities to students. The positions involve working on sustainability outreach efforts, reporting, and campus events.
Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):
A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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