Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.52
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date Aug. 10, 2016
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STARS v2.1

University of Massachusetts Lowell
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 James Kohl
Dean of Student Affairs & Enrichment
Student Affairs
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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:

The Climate Change Initiative (includes both faculty and students), Student Environmental Alliance (student-governed) and Solar Energy Association (student-governed) are three such groups.
Student Environmental Alliance (SEA) - http://www.uml.edu/Research/Climate-Change/SEA.aspx
Climate Change Initiative (CCI) - http://www.uml.edu/Research/Climate-Change/about/about.aspx
Solar Energy Association (Solar Club) – refers to sustainability as a core value
https://umasslowellclubs.collegiatelink.net/organization/solarclub
Evolution and Ecology Club (EVE)- strongly supports campus sustainability initiatives
Climate Change Coalition- Formed to support

Some examples of their accomplishments are listed below:

1. During the Fall semester of 2015 university students formed the Climate Change Coalition a student group which worked to encourage the university to divest from fossil fuels. As a result of their efforts and the efforts of similar groups at the Amherst and other campuses UMass became one of the first public university systems to divest from fossil feuls.

2. Students that are part of the CCI are involved in the Climate Education in an Age of Media (CAM) program which integrates media production into climate change education. Students developed climate change education videos that were then broadcast to all audiences at UMass Lowell on billboards. As an additional part of the NASA grant (which funded CAM), CCI Faculty took part in interviews related to climate change and those videos were aired on local public broadcasting stations.
http://cleanet.org/cced_media/index.html
http://www.uml.edu/Research/Climate-Change/projects/Interviews-CCI.aspx

3. Students that are part of the CCI helped organize the 2015 Climate Change Teach-In which attracted over 600 students, faculty and community members. The theme of the 2015 teach-in was “Setting the Record Straight” and featured Harvard's Dr. Naomi Orestes as the keynote speaker.


The website URL where information about the student groups is available (optional):
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:

UMass Lowell has a community garden and is actively working with Mill City Grows a local organization that fosters food justice by increasing community access to healthy, fresh food through the development of urban food production and distribution networks to create a partnership for urban agriculture.


The website URL where information about the gardens, farms or agriculture projects is available (optional):
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:

N/A


The website URL where information about the student-run enterprises is available (optional):
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

The UMass Foundation has a Socially Responsible Investing Advisory Committee (SRIAC) to review issues related to investor responsibility. As referenced in PA - 8, the committee contains student representation.


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:

There are a number of conferences, speakers series and events completed in the last year. Some consist of:

Climate Change Teach in
Waste Recycling Day
Recyclemania: http://www.uml.edu/EEM/Environmental-Stewardship/Events/RecycleMania-Competition.aspx
Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference
World Climate Game Session


The website URL where information about the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability is available (optional):
Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:

The following is a blurb promoting an event about student-produced climate change videos:

"Our shared climate legacy: Student-produced film shorts and an inter-generational discussion about responding to climate change" - We are excited to present an evening featuring short, student-produced videos and an open, student-lead discussion about what we can do to create a better future in the face of our changing climate. With support from the NASA-funded Climate Education in an Age of Media (CAM) Project (http://cleanet.org/cced_media/), UMass Lowell students taking the Climate Change: Science, Communication, and Solutions course will present what they have learned, what they want to communicate, and the questions they have for each other and their community on how we can shape a future that responds to climate change while improving human well being. Members from LIRA, the Learning in Retirement Association are invited guests, along with the general public and UMass Lowell faculty, staff and students.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts events, installations or performances is available (optional):
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?:
Yes

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

The Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP), part of the Campus Recreation Center, seeks to offer a variety of outdoor trips for the university community. The trips are designed for beginners who may have never hiked, camped, or paddled before. They seek to offer trips to meet every person's skill level in order to challenge each person to grow through the experience but also to have fun and develop relationships along the way.

Current students, faculty, and staff members of UMass Lowell are eligible to participate in OAP trips and events. The program is not student-governed.

http://www.uml.edu/CampusRecreation/Outdoor-Adventure/TripInformation.aspx

Society of Environmental Scientists (SES)
SES is a student governed club which, among other objectives, aims to enhance student understanding of geological and environmental sciences through field excursions, which explore local geology and ecology. SES expands the skill set of its members by working with Wachusett Mountain State Reservation in collaboration with the Appalachian Mountain Club and by organizing frequent rock and mountain climbing trips.
https://umasslowellclubs.collegiatelink.net/organization/society-of-environmental-scientists/about


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors programs is available (optional):
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)?:
No

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

N/A


The website URL where information about the sustainability-related themes is available (optional):
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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:

N/A


The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills programs is available (optional):
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Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

There are student employee opportunities (internships) in the Environmental & Emergency Management and Facilities Departments. There have also been student internships in the past in the Transportation Department. These internships involve recycling and overall sustainability program support, and renewable energy programs.

In addition, the Francis College of Engineering offers internships with leading companies in the region and across the globe.


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:

Two additional examples include the co-curricular Peru projects that focus on renewable energy, energy conservation, and water improvements. There is also a co-curricular battery car competition.


The website URL where information about other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives is available (optional):
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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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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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