Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.15
Liaison Ashley Woolman
Submission Date April 8, 2022

STARS v2.2

Western Colorado University
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.17 / 5.00 Ashley Woolman
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 1 of this credit (student participation in community service)?:
Yes

Total number of students:
2,935

Number of students engaged in community service:
1,545

Percentage of students engaged in community service:
52.64

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)?:
Yes

Total number of student community service hours contributed annually:
12,620

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student:
4.30

Does the institution have a formal program to support employee volunteering during regular work hours?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program to support employee volunteering:

60% of faculty contracts are Instruction and then we can choose how to split the remaining 40% between Service (to school and community) and professional development. Many people choose to list their community service (e.g., Board membership). Numerous faculty develop community service components within sustainability focused curriculum. For example, in ecology and wildlife, and environment and sustainability classes, students go out and do habitat restoration projects with local land management agencies (BLM,USFS).


Does the institution track the number of employee community service hours contributed through programs it sponsors?:
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Total number of employee community service hours contributed annually through programs sponsored by the institution:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s community service programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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BLM Public Lands days for restoration activities, pulling cheat grass, planting sage brush, collecting seed and road decommissioning on public lands.
Student volunteers for recycling center in community and land fill, on campus recycling, sustainable Crested Butte activity, organics guild working in the community gardens/greenhouses on campus, food pantry (sorting and organization and collecting food at local grocery stores for food pantry), rural transportation authority (clean buses, volunteered at Mountain Roots program and White Water Park and Gunnison trails doing clean up.
Zero waste athletic event volunteers at certain Western games.
Student athletes (413) are required to complete 20 hours of service each year.
All incoming students are required to complete community service during orientation.

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