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Saint Louis 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: Michael Harriss

Position (in student organization): President

Date survey submitted: July 20 th , 2009

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

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

Name of organization: Associated Students of Saint Louis University Student Government Association

Number of active members : 55

Website : sga.slu.edu

Date of last meeting: April 29 th , 2009

Frequency of meetings : Weekly

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008:

·         Formation of a University-wide centralized vision team focusing on improving campus environmental sustainability

·         Making improvements to recycling program integrated in 2006-2007

·         Conducting a University-wide assessment of sustainability efforts and auditing the practices with University buildings

·         Obtaining the President’s signature on the President’s Climate Commitment

·         Educating students, faculty, staff, and administrators about environmentally friendly practices and implementing those into their daily regiments

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008:

·         The University President commissioned the University-wide vision team for sustainability that will be fully functional at the start of the 2009 fall semester  and responsible for conducting the University-wide assessment, improving recycling programs, and centralizing sustainability efforts across the University

·         The Vision Team will also be working to obtain the President’s signature on the President’s Climate Commitment

·         Student Organizations on campus, such as the Environmental Task Force and Just Earth! are continuing their efforts to educate and advocate for more sustainable practices with members of the SLU community through events and programs aimed at educating the individual.

·         The University Sustainability Task Force has commissioned a Sustainability at SLU web portal, which is currently under development, but can be found at ( http://www.slu.edu/organizations/sustainability/ )

 

 

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:

·         In 2005-2006 Student Government commissioned an ad-hoc committee to address the environmental issues facing the University and seek methods of creating a more environmentally friendly campus.   The committee was titled the Environmental Task Force and remains fully functional.

 

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:  

·         Just Earth! is a chartered student organization focused on sustainable living and increasing environmental awareness on SLU's campus. The group hosts the annual Spring Cleaning Salvage Drive, and many other events throughout the year.

·         The Environmental Task Force is charged with the advancing of Saint Louis University's efforts toward sustainability.  ETF serves both as a liaison between departments to facilitate communication and as a promoter of awareness and education in the student body with the ultimate goal of working toward a unification of all areas of campus to cause a change in university.

·         The Environmental Law Society (ELS) is dedicated to addressing regional, national and international issues related to environmental law. ELS periodically sponsors speakers on a wide range of topics pertaining to environmental law, natural resources law, environmental science and the environmental movement.

 

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):  

 

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  Name: James Meiners

Position (in student organization): Vice President of Administration Relations

Date survey submitted: July 20, 2009

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

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

Name of organization: Environmental Task Force

Number of active members: 20 members

Website: www.sluetf.com

Date of last meeting: May 3

Frequency of meetings: weekly

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: student education/awareness, administrative education/awareness, recycling

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008:

comingling bins were added to every building, the president signed a letter making a university-wide committee and reaffirmed his committment to sustainability, many students learned of their waste and started using and buying the CFL's which we made available to them through our publicity

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

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

[x]  No

 

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 Environmental Task Force is an off-shoot of SGA (Student Government Association).  It is a committee that is made up of members of SGA and other members of the community who want green changes at SLU.

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

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

We invited Bill Nye to speak.  We had a huge crowd and had to have video fed to a second ballroom for the overfill.

2500 CFL's were exchanged for incandescent bulbs among the students living on campus.

Many students received new light switch covers made by our organization reminding them to turn off their lights.

We made t-shirts for students to buy and wear on Tuesdays as part of "Green Shirt Tuesdays" to affirm their commitment to sustainability.

 

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:  

 Just Earth! is a chartered student organization that is less focused on the SLU community and does field trips and educational events.  They also do the events that require money because ETF does not receive any money for events.

 Campus Kitchen is an organization which serves food to local homeless shelters.  They rescue leftovers from campus dining venues to be used for the less fortunate.

 

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):

 

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