Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.91
Liaison Tony Gillund
Submission Date May 9, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

The Ohio State University at Marion
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
1.25 / 2.00 Leslie Beyer-Hermsen
Assistant Dean
Marion Campus
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups focused on sustainability:

Moccasins Club: Advisor Mike Lohre at lohre.1@osu.edu. This a sustainability club for students who are interested in taking care of the environment.


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Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

The OSU Marion Rotaract Club helped the Marion City Schools weed and restore approximately 30 raised bed gardens at each of the five elementary schools. The gardens had been neglected and needed to be restored for future use. OSU Marion students who were members of the Rotaract Club weeded them, planted mums, and spread leaf mulch on the gardens in an effort to make them usable again. In the future, the club has offered to work with each of the elementary schools to develop curriculum around gardening and production of local foods.


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Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
No

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:
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Does the institution have 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

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
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Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

OSU-Marion partners with Marion Technical College to host annual Earth Day programming. The Ohio State University-Marion and Marion Technical College are hosting Earth Day activities including tree planting, litter cleanup, and recycling.


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Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
No

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the cultural arts events, installations or performances is available (optional):
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Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
No

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:
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The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors programs is available (optional):
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Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

The Ohio State University chose "The Other Wes Moore" by Wes Moore as their Common Book for 2016. All incoming freshmen on all Ohio State campuses read the same book over summer 2016, as part of the First Year Experience and to create a sense of unity and mutual learning among Ohio State entities statewide. The 2015 book was "The Good Food Revolution" by Will Allen.


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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
No

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
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Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:
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The website URL where information about the student employment opportunities is available:
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Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledges:
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The website URL where information about the graduation pledges is available (optional):
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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
Yes

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

Science Cafés involve a lively conversation with a scientist about current science topics. They are open to everyone and take place in casual settings like pubs and coffeehouses. Students can join us at a Science Cafe to learn about the latest issues in science, meet new friends, speak their minds, and chat with a scientist about their research interests.


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Estimated percentage of students (full-time and part-time) that participate annually in sustainability-focused co-curricular education and outreach programs (0-100):
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