Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 28.79
Liaison William Ghrist
Submission Date May 23, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Washtenaw Community College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Bill Ghrist
Manager of Energy and System Integration
Energy Services
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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:

There is Students for Sustainability group and is recognized by the Student Activities department and has a faculty advisor.


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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:

Washtenaw Community College maintains ~3,000 sq.ft. hoop house that is used to grow vegetables during an extended growing season. In addition there are outside herb gardens and a bee hive. Some of the vegetables are delivered to the Colleges Culinary program for use in preparing meals. Some produce is given to needy students through the Counseling department. Other produce is given to garden volunteers. The Core Garden is currently transitioning to be under the guidance of Washtenaw Technical Middle College, a high school based at WCC.
http://fpd.wccnet.edu/2014/10/wccs-core-garden/


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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?:
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:

The Students for Sustainability group has hosted various events including a movie night, food bowls to fight hunger, and guest speakers all related to encouraging sustainability.

Sustainability Literacy Task Force has sponsored event for five + years related to different year themes: energy, water, trees, food....


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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:

Every year, Graphic Design students create posters for Earth Month that are put up all around campus for the month of April (and also advertise Earth Day). some examples are at: http://sites.wccnet.edu/sustainable/gallery/ and https://indd.adobe.com/view/da6f9b39-c461-49d8-b162-b24902201798


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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 College has walking trail spread throughout our wooded areas that are used by classes and nature groups to observe nature and they do follow the "Leave No Trace" principle.


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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 themes for each year is as follows;
2012-13 - Water
2013-14 - Energy
2014-15 - Food
2015-16 - Conservation
2016-17 - Trees http://webfiles.wccnet.edu/sustainable/web/Winter_2018_activities.pdf
2017-18 - Year of the Farm http://sites.wccnet.edu/sustainable/news-events/


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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?:
Yes

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

We employ student worker to assist in our recycling program.
Formerly employed student worked in Core Garden.


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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

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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
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