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Agnes Scott College

Student Survey

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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2010, more than 1,100 school survey responses from over 300 institutions are now available online. In total, these surveys offer more than 10,000 pages of data collected from colleges and universities during the summer of 2009 . To access surveys from other schools, go to the  surveys section  of the website. To see grades, or to access additional surveys submitted by this school, please click the "Back to Report Card" link at the beginning or end of the survey.

 

Name: Meg Beyer

Position (in student organization): Educational Coordinator

Date survey submitted: 29 July 2009

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.

Name of organization: Orientation Council

Number of active members: 16

Website: http://www.agnesscott.edu/admission/undergraduate/accepted/orientationschedule.aspx

Date of last meeting: End of School Year (last week of April)

Frequency of meetings: Once per week during the Spring, multiple times per day during August

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: Increasing knowledge of recycling and composting procedures for incoming class; creating hype around sustainability efforts; incorporating green elements into all events; creating positions dedicated to sustainability within the orientation process

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: Added Sustainability to list of necessary offices new students visit during their first semester learning experience; increased length of time dedicated to recycling education; established program to teach about composting; provided recycling bins at every orientation event; changed orientation guide from a thick paper document sent by mail to an electronic version; added sustainability office to the list of vital information for first year students in the orientation guide.

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?

[X] No

[ ] Yes. Please list details for each competition.

#1 - Name of competition:

Year initiated:

Frequency of competition:

Participants:

Incentives:

Goal of competition:

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition:

Website:

 

#2 - Name of competition:

Year initiated:

Frequency of competition:

Participants:

Incentives:

Goal of competition:

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition:

Website:

 

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT

3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

[  ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please describe: Student Senate has a liaison position that works with the sustainability office and the President of the Student Senate serves on the Sustainability Steering Commitee.

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:

 

5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:

 

Questions 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

 

6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition): None.

 

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Name: Carin Godemann

Position (in student organization): Student member of Scottie Green Team

Date survey submitted:

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.

Name of organization: Scottie Green Team

Number of active members: 30

Website: n/a

Date of last meeting: July 29, 2009

Frequency of meetings: bi-monthly (during the school year); as need during the summer

 

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: The Scottie Green Team worked and participated in all events and projects of the Sustainability office, such as promoting campus wide single stream recycling, paper reduction, Recycle Mania 2009, campus wide Energy policy (temperature settings), educating staff about green office practices, developing a green checklist, planning for water reduction strategies and education, implementation of a leak hotline, mechanical retrofitting

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?

[ ] No

[x ] Yes. Please list details for each competition.

#1 - Name of competition: Recycle Mania 2009

Year initiated: Recycle Mania 2009

 Year initiated: ASC participated in Recycle Mania in 2008 but only in the Benchmark Division; 2009 was the first year we participated in the Competition Division

 

Frequency of competition: once a year in the spring

Participants: campus members including faculty, staff, and students

Incentives: Along with bragging rights and knowing that your school recycled more than others, the winning dorm at Agnes Scott received an ice-cream party.

Goal of competition: Depending on which area the school decides to compete in, the goals of the 10-week competition for each school are to collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate.  The primary goal of the overall competition nationwide is to have a friendly recycling competition that helps to increase recycling participation and heighten awareness of schools' waste management and recycling programs.

 

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: As of now, we do not have the numbers of the amount of waste reduced during Recycle Mania.  But Agnes Scott did rank 39th nationally out of 293 particpants in the "Per Captia Classic" category, and produced 29,618.91 total pounds of recyclable material, equaling about 23.27 cumulative recyclable pounds per person.  Also of importance to note, since the campus has converted to campus-wide single stream recycling, the amount of waste has been reduced by 30%.

 

Lasting effects of competition: This competition is open to the whole campus and encourages every member to consciously think about what they throw away and what they can recycle.  After the competition is over, students and staff are still in the mindset of recycling and waste reduction and continue their new sustainable habits.  Also, Recycle Mania serves a time to make members of the campus community aware of the impacts of the recycling, and therefore encourages more people to keep recycling long after the competition is over.

 

Website: http://www.recyclemania.org/

 

#2 - Name of competition:

Year initiated:

Frequency of competition:

Participants:

Incentives:

Goal of competition:

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition:

Website:

 

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT

3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please describe: The Agnes Scott Student Senate has a liaison position with the Sustainability Office, and the President of the Student Senate serves as a student member of the Sustainability Steering Committee.

 

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:

 

Recycling Week, Campus Sustainability Day, Earth Hour 2009, and the National Teach-in

 

5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:

 

Green Earth Organization (GEO) - Green Earth Organization is an environmental organization devoted to campus and community awareness, environmental education and outdoor activities. GEO works alongside such local groups as Oakhurst Community Gardens, Trees Atlanta, Sierra Club and the Environmental Fund for Georgia.

 

Environmental Residents (ERs) - Working alongside the Scottie Green Team are the Environmental Residents (ER's), who serve as the 'eyes and ears' about the environment among the student body. At least one ER can be found on each hall of each dorm. ER's are the primary communicators on environmental issues throughout the residence halls and volunteer leaders on environmental events; they also advise the sustainability staff concerning student engagement.

 

ASC also has an Educational Coordinator on the Orientation Council that works on sustainability issues.

 

Questions 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

 

6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition): N/A

 

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Name: Lucia Hulsether

Position (in student organization): Student Senate President (includes membership on Sustainability Steering Committee)

Date survey submitted: July 29, 2009

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.

Name of organization: Student Senate (an SGA body serving as the main campus liaison between students and administrators/staff/faculty)

Number of active members: 24 elected student representatives

Website: http://ascsga.weebly.com/index.html

Date of last meeting: April 20, 2009

Frequency of meetings: weekly, plus committee meetings

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008:

Student Senate addresses issues related to all areas of student life. Our sustainability-related programs and efforts include the following:

*          Inviting a student sustainability intern, Allison Etheridge, to our meeting and spending about forty-five minutes brainstorming with her about ways to increase student participation in sustainability programming.

*          Appointing a Senator to serve as Sustainability Liaison. This role, which has not existed before this year, will help the Senate stay in contact with the Sustainability Office and be better informed about how to help with efforts around sustainability.

*          Senate co-sponsored "Go Green and Get Down," an event celebrating the end of Recyclemania, sponsored by the ASC Environmental Residents. Senators helped raise publicity and set up for the event.

*          Senate focused a lot of energy on economic sustainability this year. Senate thought of ways to budget student activity fee more effectively and lobbied for just wages for college staff by beginning a partnership with the Living Wage Campaign.

 

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008

*          Allison reported that her meeting with Senate was helpful for the Sustainability Office in thinking about how to carry out sustainability initiatives, strategies for communicating with the student body, and a four year student engagement plan (which is a part of the comprehensive sustainability plan). It also began the long-term relationship that Senate hopes to have with the Sustainability Office-conversations in this meeting generated ideas for having a Sustainability Liaison and co-sponsoring Go Green and Get Down.

*          The Sustainability Liaison has met with Lies van Bekkum, Sustainability Fellow. Next year she will meet with the Sustainability Fellow on at least a monthly basis. In these meetings, she will learn about the current projects in the Office of Sustainability, provide a student perspective about these events, brainstorm ideas for reaching out to the student body, and learn information about sustainability that she can publicize through Senate to the student body.

*          Go Green and Get Down was an overwhelming success, and Senate plans to take an even more active role in both this event and Recyclemania.

*          Senate voted that participation in the annual Leadership Retreat will be voluntary for Senators this year-a measure that saves over $130 per student who does not attend. Senators also held meetings with the ASC Vice President for Finance to lobby for spending college funds in ways that sustain both the budget and the college community. In meetings, Senators leading this effort educated other board members and students about how environmental sustainability connects to economic sustainability.

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?

[ X] No

However, we did co-sponsor the post-Recyclemania celebration and plan to take a more active role in carrying out Recyclemania next year.

[ ] Yes. Please list details for each competition.

#1 - Name of competition:

Year initiated:

Frequency of competition:

Participants:

Incentives:

Goal of competition:

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition:

Website:

 

#2 - Name of competition:

Year initiated:

Frequency of competition:

Participants:

Incentives:

Goal of competition:

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition:

Website:

 

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT

3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

[ ] No

[ X] Yes. Please describe:

The Sustainability Liaison is an office appointed to a Student Senator, who meets with representatives from the Office of Sustainability on at least a monthly basis. As described in more detail above, this Senator's role will be to represent the voice of the student body in conversations about sustainability-including but not limited to outreach events, thinking of communication strategies and ways to increase student participation, providing feedback about the effectiveness of office initiatives, and helping relay information from the Office of Sustainability to the rest of the student body.

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:

N/A

 

5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:

*          Green Earth Organization (GEO): This organization raises awareness about environmental issues on campus and volunteers with community organizations that promote environmental stewardship.

*          Environmental Residents (ERs): These students are responsible for promoting sustainability in residence halls and communicate regularly with the Office of Sustainability. They also are most active in planning Recyclemania. Each floor has one ER.

*          Vegetarian Alliance: This group was approved by Student Senate in the spring 2009. They plan to hold events raising awareness about sustainable food and vegetarian and vegan diets, as well as being a resource for vegetarians and vegans on campus

 

Questions 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

 

6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):

N/A

 

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Name: Kris Phelps

Position (in student organization): Head of the Green Earth Organization

Date survey submitted: 7/26/09

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.

 

Name of organization: Green Earth Organization

Number of active members: 5

Website:

Date of last meeting:

Frequency of meetings: Once a month

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: General student awareness through conferences and seminars

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: There is certainly a heightened awareness of sustainability issues on campus in comparison to a year ago.

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?

[ x] No

[ ] Yes. Please list details for each competition.

#1 - Name of competition:

Year initiated:

Frequency of competition:

Participants:

Incentives:

Goal of competition:

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition:

Website:

 

#2 - Name of competition:

Year initiated:

Frequency of competition:

Participants:

Incentives:

Goal of competition:

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition:

Website:

 

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT

3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please describe: Sudent Senate has a Liaison with the Office and the president of Student Senate serves on the Sustainability Steering Committee

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:

Attendance at Green Peach and Power-shift

Volunteering at local organic farms

 

5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:

 

Questions 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

 

6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition): MASS- Metro Atlanta Students for Sustainability.

 

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Name: Katie Thompson

Position (in student organization): Chair of Environmental Residents

Date survey submitted: July 29, 2009

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.

The Environmental Residents are a group of students committed to finding the best possible ways to motivate the student body to explore more sustainable practices.  Through the domain of residence life, the ERs enforce the Agnes Scott mission statement by helping students to rethink the way they relate to their environment. Ideally, there is a member of the group living on each floor in every building, with the purpose of being a guiding force and resource for anyone interested in improving their understanding of what it means to "go green."  The ultimate goal of the Environmental Residents is to combine knowledge, fun, and progress to achieve a greater sense of unity between campus and sustainability.

Name of organization: The Environmental Residents

Number of active members: 15

Website:

Date of last meeting: May 9, 2009

Frequency of meetings: Bi-Monthly

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: Adoption and enforcement of single stream recycling, information sessions about water conservation, energy conservation, paper reduction, and how to make dorm life more sustainable, commencement of student leadership within program,

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: Ranked 2nd in state for per capita recycling in RecycleMania competition, successfully created leadership roles within group

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?

[ ] No

[X ] Yes. Please list details for each competition.

 

#1 - Name of competition: RecycleMania

Year initiated: 2008

Frequency of competition: Annually

Participants: Campus-wide

Incentives: National Recognition

Goal of competition: To increase the rate of recycling and decrease the amount of waste.

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: In total we recycled 29,618.91 pounds. ASC ranked 39th  nationally in a field of 293 in the "Per Capita Classic" category, and second only to Berry College in leading the state of Georgia. Since we have converted to campus-wide "single stream" recycling we have reduced waste stream by 30%

Lasting effects of competition: The competition has created more campus awareness about waste reduction as well as recycling. 

Website:

 

#2 - Name of competition:

Year initiated:

Frequency of competition:

Participants:

Incentives:

Goal of competition:

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition:

Website:

 

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT

3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

[ ] No

[x] Yes. Please describe: Our Student Senate has a liaison position with the Sustainability office. The President of the Student Senate also serves on the Sustainability Steering Committee along with other student leaders.

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:

In addition to bringing in several public speakers to give insight into sustainable living, the environmental residents have also added on the project of teaching students how sustainability can be fun.   This year, we initiated a party (Go Green, Get Down) that aims to be both entertaining and environmentally friendly.  Other activities that the Environmental Residents participated in are Earth Hour2009, National Teach-in, Recycling Week, Campus Sustainability Day, promoting paper reduction

 

5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:

- GEO - Kris Phelps

- Educational Coordinator - Orientation Council

- President Student Senate

- Student Senate Sustainability Liaison

- Scottie Green Team

 

Questions 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

 

6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):

The Environmental Residents are not yet affiliated with any regional or national networks.

 

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