Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.11
Liaison R. Johnston
Submission Date March 10, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of Missouri, Kansas City
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 R. Kaye Johnston
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Facilities
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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 ---
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles Yes
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences Yes
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills No
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution ---
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions No
Other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives ---

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

The Student Environmental Coalition hosts many events and activities on campus from events on sustainability topics such as water, transportation, gardening, local food, global climate change, energy, and more. The students also host bi-monthly meetings,Monthly Movies with sustainability focus, Sustainability Sunday Suppers, World Water Day events, Earth Week Events and Campus Garden Work Days. The coalition is open to all students on campus.


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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 garden on campus at UMKC. Anyone is welcome to be a part, you don't have to know anything about gardening! All you have to do is let us know you are interested or come to a meeting/work day.

The garden was started in the winter of 08-09 through the hard work of Jessica Farmer and a small group of students. The first growing season turned out to be extremely successful- more food was produced than could be consumed. Extra produce was taken to local food pantries by garden members.

It looks like 2010 is going to be a great year for the garden. There will be many new faces working at the garden come springtime. With the increase in numbers we will be tilling more beds for planting and even constructing a greenhouse in February to start our seeds in.

We all looking forward to meeting you!


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

UMKC Sustainability Team hosts collaborative events on campus with student organizations, faculty, staff and community members. Partnerships include Sierra Club, Master Gardeners of Kansas City, UMKC Garden Collective, Student Environmental Coalition, Heartland Tree Alliance, Bridging The Gap,Inc, Center for Applied Environmental Research, Association for Engineering and Environment Geologists,Metropolitan Energy Center, Environmental Protection Agency Region 7, Kansas City, Missouri Environmental Department, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, and more. Events include local food fairs, gardening symposiums, Arbor Tree Events, Keep Kansas City Beautiful Litter Index, Lectures on Sustainability related topics, Teach-Ins, Environmental Forums with a focus of the student audience.


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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:

This course will provide students with an introductory, inquiry-based learning experience that focuses on the application of field methods for understanding surface and subsurface earth processes and environmental issues. Students will collect field data at off-campus sites, conduct periodic monitoring, and analyze samples using departmental Instrumentation. Students will work on collaborative projects and will present their results. Class will meet at an off campus location during break (added cost) plus have four on campus meetings. Prerequisites: GEOLOGY 220 and GEOLOGY 220L or ENV-SCI 110R and ENV-SCI 110L


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

Global Water and Sustainability was taught in 2009 and also in 2012. Also, in 2010 the Environmental Sustainability course had Designing for Urban Agriculture as a theme. 2012 Environmental Sustainability class (for non-majors- first time experience) has community engagement as a theme.


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A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
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A brief description of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities:
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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:
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:
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