Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 26.10
Liaison Rachael Budowle
Submission Date April 29, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Wyoming
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Rachael Budowle
Campus Sustainability Committee Chair
Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources
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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:

Campus Sustainability Club/Coalition; 'Vision: A collaboration of students, staff, and faculty committed to prioritizing sustainability in decision making at the University of Wyoming. We believe in promoting long-term social, economic, and ecological vitality through practice and culture.'

Support annual solar-powered music festival, community glass recycling, Earth Day festivities, Shepard Symposium and other zero waste events, campus-wide composting campaigns, among other student sustainability activities.


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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:

ACRES (Agricultural Community Resources for Everyday Sustainability): ACRES Student Farm is a 1.8 acre vegetable farm that is community oriented, volunteer based, and student run. We grow our produce using sustainable methods and strive to support and promote local agriculture. The Student Farm additionally provides educational and research opportunities for the Laramie and University of Wyoming communities.


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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

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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:

We have piloted the structure for a CERF (Conservation and Efficiency Revolving Fund) investment fund accessible to students to pursue energy efficiency measures on campus, it has been used for lighting upgrades in buildings and on campus open spaces.


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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:

Shepard Symposium on Social Justice- an annual event at the University of Wyoming since 1997, it has evolved into a major national conference, seeking to engage participants in discussion and analyses of strategies and actions that can eliminate social inequality. Over the last three years the symposium has added a focus on other aspects of sustainability, including zero waste practices throughout all four days of the symposium.


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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:

Solar fest is annual solar powered music festival hosted by the Sustainability Club in coordination with the Big Event annual service day in the Laramie Community. It includes glass recycling and sustainability educations opportunities.


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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?:
Yes

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

The Outdoor Program- our outings use a variety of public lands, therefore it is important to not only minimize our physical impacts, but it is also important to minimize impacts on other users. The Outdoor Program strictly follows the practices and principals of Leave No Trace. We expect that all participants on our outings will do the same.


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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)?:
No

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

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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:

The UW Campus Sustainability Committee employs four student interns focused on AASHE STARS, a UW greenhouse emissions inventory, and outreach and communication


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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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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
No

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