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Case Western Reserve University

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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: Trevor Allen
Position (in student organization): President/Chair and Founder
Date survey submitted: 6/22/09

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.
Name of organization: Student Sustainability Council
Number of active members: ~12
Website: ssc.case.edu
Date of last meeting: April 27, 2009 (final meeting before finals & summer break)
Frequency of meetings: weekly
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: We have held a couple awareness events such as wall-painting and Nalgene-bottle raffle to educate on water conservation and plastic bottle issues, the proceeds from which were donated to Cleveland Carbon Fund to be specifically allocated towards Lake Erie waterfront renovation; established a sub-committee to review and recommend sustainability-oriented books for our Freshman Common Reading program in Fall 2010; hosted, advertised, and data-collection for Case's first-ever RecycleMania competition; wrote, submitted, and passed legislation in our Undergraduate Student Government on the use of porous pavement in campus construction (which has since been implemented); ran a booth (arguably the most popular) at our university's largest spring-time event, Springfest, which involved games, quizzes, and prizes all relating to the environment; raised funds to more-than-competely offset the entire university's graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies for May 2009 Commencement;
Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: In addition to the above, we have put together a very lengthy laundry list of ideas and initiatives that can be reviewed and acted upon by anyone interested; constructed a network on faculty, staff, administrators, and off-campus authorities and organizations, and begun planning for the coming academic year. I wish to stress that this group's accomplishments can be put into better perspective when considering that this was the very first year of its existence. As of September 2008, it was only an idea, which has now formed into a fully active organization with a mailing list of over 70 on-campus subscribers.

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS
2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?
[X]  No - though we did assist in our school's first RecycleMania this 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: Our group, the Student Sustainability Council, is a unique ad-hoc committee of the Undergraduate Student Government. What this does is places us within USG so that we may present legislation and work closely with student reps and VPs, as well as have USG recognition (required for funding and reserving rooms/space for official functions). However our position is unique in that we do not report to the student government as a standard committee, we are rather an autonomous group. This set-up allows for greater facilitation and cooperation between our group and the USG than occurs with most student groups. However, the group itself was the brainchild of a former VP of Student Life and I, as president, attend USG as an At-Large Representative and give bi-weekly or as-needed briefs to the USG General Assembly and present legislation, as well as edit and comment on legislation related to environmental affairs.

OTHER ACTIVITIES
4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:   The major projects are described above in the initial description of our group. As I said, we in our first year of existence. We have plans for the coming year including a "summit" to include representatives from all student groups, athetic teams, greek organizations, departments and schools together to organize and communicate; considering a campaign to reduce and eventually remove bottled water from campus (modeled after WashU, I believe); implement a full-scale campus-wide composting program at all on-campus dining facilities hopefully to be working by next spring; advertisement and short informational clips (The More You Know -like) on campus television and possibly longer more in-depth documentary-style programs; as well as several large-scale awareness/mass-education campaigns to bring certain issues into the forefront of the minds of students, faculty, and staff.

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:   As our group developed this past year, we combined resources and effectively merged with a former student group, DeltaE. Several colleges (Francis Payne Nursing School for one, and I believe the College of Arts and Sciences) have formed "Green Teams" to focus on their school respectively. Also, there is a group in the Weatherhead School of Business graduate program, a chapter of NetImpact, though I do not know any details.

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):   While we are not directly affiliated with any external organizations, I am in contact with the Student Sierra Coalition, SEAC and a Ohio Student Environmental Coaltion, as well as a few contacts from student groups at local schools.

 

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Name:  Chris Parkinson 
Position (in student organization): Chapter Leader for Net Impact Weatherhead

Date survey submitted: 7/21/09

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.
Name of organization:
Net Impact Weatherhead
Number of active members: ~15

Website: In development

Date of last meeting: July 20, 2009

Frequency of meetings: weekly
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008:  Hosted a series of regional leaders actively working in sustainability related fields to address the business case for sustainability for an audience of MBA candidates.  Undertook a partnership with Dell to upgrade computer lab printers in the Business School resulting in improved energy efficiency and double-sided printing capacity to evaluate the energy and resource savings associated with the switch.  Participated in curriculum development that has since resulted in a heightend strategic emphasis on integrating concepts of sustainable value in enterprise throughout the MBA curriculum.           

 

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: Looking forward, Net Impact is undertaking several exciting initiatives to further engage the talent and enthusiasm present in our membership base to work towards the betterment of our campus and local communities.  These include partnering with the Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) to co-host a community service event in both the fall semester 2009 and spring semester 2010.  We are also in the process of establishing a Board Fellows program.  This program will be unveiled in the fall semester 2009 and will be a Net Impact facilitated partnership with local non-profit organizations that will place interested and highly qualified MBA candidates on the governing board of local non-profits.  Once placed, our members will provide partnering non-profits with their unique talents and business skills to help address strategic issues facing the organization.  In return, students will receive high-level access and insight into the complexities associated with operating a non-profit.  During the next school term, Net Impact will also be the business school's representative at a campus-wide student sustainability council, and will serve as the business school's Green Team resource for the campus' sustainability director.  

 

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 assist and participate in Case Western Reserve's first RecycleMania event this year.
[  ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.

 

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 Graduate Business Student Association, the student governing body for the Graduate Business School, relies on Net Impact as the resource for any and all sustainability-related initiatives.  As a student organization that is overseen by the GBSA administration, Net Impact serves not only as an independent student organization with our own initiatives, we are also relied upon to provide updates and recommendations for GBSA initiatives. 

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES
4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:  
The most significant initiatives that we have initiated and are in the process of developing for the upcoming year are described above. 

 

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:   Numerous schools at the University have Green Teams that promote sustainable practices within each school. Additionally, there is an undergraduate led Student Sustainability Council that has taken on aggressive initiatives focused on improving environmental stewardship 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):   We are affiliated with Net Impact, a global organization of more than 10,000 business students and professionals that are committed to using business to drive social and environmental improvement.

 

 

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