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Report Card 2010

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Ramapo College of New Jersey

Student Survey

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Name: Paul Coraggio

Position (in student organization): President of 1STEP

Date survey submitted: 6/26/09

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you

have a leadership role.

Name of organization: 1STEP

Number of active members: ~20

Website: http://www.ramapo.edu/ramapogreen/studentcoalition.html

Date of last meeting: 5/5/09

Frequency of meetings: Weekly (during semesters)

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008:

Feasible Solutions: Taking small yet effective steps towards making the college more sustainable with the

ultimate goal of carbon neutrality. Sustainability Consulting: Working with other clubs on campus to make their

events more sustainable therefore leading the campus closer to carbon neutrality.

1 Campus-wide sustainability

2 Awareness of environmental issues

3 Conservation of resources (and associated cost-savings)

4 Landfill-use reduction

5 Organic/Local foods

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008:

1 Sustainability initiatives have spread to various departments on campus

2 Hosted and co-sponsored sustainable events with a wide-variety of groups on campus, including

organic food/biodegradeable dishware late night dining events with Dining Services

3 Semesterly Green Facts Competitions (explained in next section)

4 Give and Go program collects slightly used items, food items, and clothing to avoid dumpsters and be

donated to impoverished people globally

5 Support of local and environmentally-conscious businesses in all club activities, working with the

Havemeyer Edible Garden Project, an organic garden on campus (at the President’s residence)

 

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: Energy Saving Competition (pilot)

Year initiated: 2008

Frequency of competition: Once, 1 month long

Participants: Two residence halls

Incentives: Pizza party

Goal of competition: Reduce electricity use

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: 23% in Linden Hall, 17% in Pine Hall

Lasting effects of competition: Heightened awareness

Website: N/A

 

#2 - Name of competition: Green Facts Competition

Year initiated: 2008 (April 2008, November2008, April 2009)

Frequency of competition: Semesterly

Participants: All residence halls (~3,000 students)

Incentives: Varies based upon funding and semester.

Goal of competition: Reduce use of electricity and natural gas; Recycle;and Have a sustainable attitude.

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: In total (not including April 2009), 171.1 metric tons of carbon (from

utilities conservation), waste cannot be determined, water cannot be determined, totaling nearly $48,000 dollars.

Lasting effects of competition: Reduced use of resources in other months as well.

Website: http://www.ramapo.edu/ramapogreen/greenfacts.html

 

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT

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

sustainability issues?

[ x ] No- HOWEVER, I along with three of my executive board now reside on Student Government and

will be creating this very shortly.

[ ] Yes. Please describe:

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your

group has initiated at your school:

- Current activities include a petition for Green Initiative Fund, a student-based fee of $1 per

credit per semester that will become a revolving green energy initiative for tangible renewable energy or

energy conservation additions to campus; this will be worked on through Student Government.

- Currently working on Sustainable Living Facilities (SeLFs) debuting in Fall 2010 where ~50

students will act as pioneers and stewards to their local, regional, and global environment in regards to

sustaina ble practice and environmental awareness. 2 residential buildings will be selected as these

‘green dorms’. Details pending.

 

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: Ramapo Outdoors Club (ROC), Environmental

Alliance, R-CORE (Ramapo Community Organizing for Radical Empowerment).

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): Not directly, but we work with Energy Action Coalition, AASHE,

NJHEPS.

 

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Name: Jessica Roffe

Position (in student organization): President of Environmental Alliance

Date survey submitted: 6/30/09

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you

have a leadership role.

Name of organization: Environmental Alliance

Number of active members: 10

Website: none at this time

Date of last meeting: May 28 2009

Frequency of meetings: Once a week during the academic year

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: Our organization raises

environmental consciousness on campus and in the community through social and educational programming.

This year we aimed to encourage student engagement in environmental issues through political advocacy;

increase student understanding of the concept of sustainability as it relates to all disciplines; raise awareness

about climate change and teach students how to reduce their own carbon footprint; and showcase environmental

careers as they relate to all disciplines.

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008:

We encouraged political advocacy by sponsoring training for thirteen student leaders at PowerShift ’09, a

weekend-long conference held by Energy Action Coalition in Washington, DC. We also held an on-campus event

called “The Politics of Our Environment”, at which student volunteers and an environmental studies class

researched and debated issues pertaining to sustainability and society.

We cosponsored an event called “Vegan Thanksgiving”, an alternative thanksgiving to reconnect students

with where our food comes from and how it relates to sustainability. We helped to organize a Fair Trade Day,

where students had the opportunity to obtain information about fair trade through presentations, and purchase

goods from organizations that sold such products.

We cosponsored films about global warming and climate change, alternative energy, and our natural

resources as part of a film series run by Communication Arts.

We cosponsored a Water and Climate Change Film Festival with a Communication Arts class, which

showcased water scarcity in India. It included a workshop that empowered students to take action to ensure clean

and accessible water around the world. Students participated in games and activities organized around the

principles of reducing, reusing and recycling; and a “Green Fair” where they could sample eco-friendly products

and services donated by local businesses. The festival also included a presentation by an owner of a local

sustainable business, and students had an opportunity to calculate their carbon footprint and learn ways to reduce

their consumption of energy and water resources.

We cosponsored trips to the Climate Change Exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in NYC, and to the

Green East Expo in NYC, where students had an opportunity to learn about sustainability and its relationship to

both ecology and business practice.

We cosponsored a presentation about careers in environmental education and sustainability in higher

education. We also cosponsored select presentations in an interdisciplinary colloquia and teach-in, “Economic

Crisis and the Worker”, which showcased the relationship between sustainability and other ecological, political,

economic, and social issues around the world. We also had a large celebration on Earth Day featuring fun outside

events, activities, giveaways, and information about Ramapo’s sustainability initiatives. We brought in a local

energy consultant who talked about alternative energy in its relationship to residential consumption and

possibilities for Ramapo.

 

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:

 

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT

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

sustainability issues?  

[X] No

[ ] Yes. Please describe:

 

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:

1STEP - http://www.ramapo.edu/ramapogreen/studentcoalition.html.

President: Paul Coraggio, pcoraggi@ramapo.edu

Student group liaising with/working ‘for’ Climate Commitment Task Force – to provide student leadership and

awareness to the goal of campus carbon neutrality.

 

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): Campus Climate Challenge

 

 

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