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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:   Katie MacKenzie

Position (in student organization): Co-President

Date survey submitted: July 8, 2009

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

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

Name of organization:  Engineers for a Sustainable World

Number of active members: 5

Website: website not currently active

Date of last meeting: May 8 th , 2009

Frequency of meetings: Weekly to bi-weekly

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: Bike Parking Analysis for Smith College

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: Completed three phases of Bike Parking Analysis; Current Conditions, Parking Needs, and Proposal.   Final presentation given to Smith College Sustainability Committee in May, 2009.

 

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:

From the following link: http://sophia.smith.edu/sga/committeedescriptions.php

Committee on Sustainability (2)

People on the Sustainability Committee should be committed to environmental activism and hopefully involved with one of the environmental student orgs on campus. Basically being on the Sustainability Committee means that you go to meetings every other week for one hour during lunch. Sometimes depending on interest you would do more for specific action items. It is a great way of knowing what is going on with sustainability at Smith and a great way to make connections to faculty, staff and administration.

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

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

The Engineers for a Sustainable World did not initiate any campus activities this year, but the Green Team has had a large role on campus for getting students involved and outreach programs (see link to website in question 5)

 

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:

 - Engineers for a Sustainable World, Smith Chapter

- Bike Kitchen

            ( www.smith.edu/bikekitchen )

- Smith College Community Garden   ( http://smithgarden.blogspot.com/2008/04/community-garden-work-parties.html )

- The Green Team

             ( http://www.smith.edu/physplant/greenteam/index.php )

- The Recycling and Earth Reps          ( http://www.smith.edu/physplant/recycling/EarthRepsandRecyclingReps.php )

- MASSPIRG, Smith Chapter

            http://www.masspirgstudents.org/smith

 

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 Engineers for a Sustainable World, ESW – a national organization.

The Smith College chapter of MASSPIRG is affiliated with the Massachusetts PIRG network.

 

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Name: Mia Mitchell
Position (in student organization): Chair, 2008-2009, Massachusetts Student Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG)
Date survey submitted: July 14, 2009

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

Name of organization: MASSPIRG
Number of active members: 25
Website: www.masspirgstudents.org
Date of last meeting: April 22, 2009
Frequency of meetings: 3-4 times a week
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: Recycling and waste management on campus, water privatization, climate change, affordable textbooks and hunger and homelessness.
Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008:
Students attended "Power Shift," a climate change conference for students in DC, as well as cleaned up local rivers, gathered petition signatures to encourage the Mass DEP to update its waste plan to deal with more recycling and composting and lobbied for greater public transportation in Massachusetts.

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: Million Monitor Drive (done in conjunction with Smith College Green Team)
Year initiated: 2006 (I think)
Frequency of competition: Annual
Participants: Almost every house in the college
Incentives: Win a free pizza party
Goal of competition: Reduce energy use by putting computers to sleep after five minutes without screen saver
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: There is a Sustainability Committee on campus, made up of faculty, staff and students, though I don't believe this is actually technically part of the Student Government.

OTHER ACTIVITIES
4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:
 
Walk-a-thon to raise money for rainwater harvesting abroad, recycling clothing, lobbying for legislation to reduce carbon emissions and increase public transportation, and an Earth Day festival.

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:  
Smith Community Garden (Elisabeth Wolfe, contact), Bike Kitchen (Elisabeth Wolfe, contact), GAIA, Smith Engineers for a Sustainable World (Meghan Mussehl, contact) and Earth Reps (based in each house, coordinated by Facilities Management).

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 part of the larger student PIRG here in Massachusetts, as well as the national US PIRG across the country.

 

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Name: Elisabeth Wolfe

Position (in student organization): Manager of Community Garden

Date survey submitted: 07/21/09

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

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

Name of organization: Smith College Community Garden

Number of active members: 8 board members, 35 overall members, 230-person mailing list

Website: smithgarden.blogspot.com

Date of last meeting: 07/12/09

Frequency of meetings: weekly during school year, weekly or bi-weekly during summer

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008:

We believe that it is imperative for students to gain concrete knowledge in ways to solve everyday problems of environmental sustainability, especially those problems concerned with food production. We engage students in the basic knowledge of organic vegetable gardening by teaching techniques such as garden design, planting, harvesting, crop rotation, storing vegetables, construction of raised beds and compost bins, natural pest control, compost application, soil replenishment and rainwater collection. We provide field-trips to local farms and community gardens to acquire more knowledge and inspiration. We help the college work towards its commitment to Environmental Sustainability through providing a learning tool for students interested in environmental stewardship and through providing produce from the garden to students, faculty, and staff.

 

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008:

We have engaged over 100 different Smith Community members in various parts of our programs described above during the school year and summer. We have taken one field trip to Laughing Dog Farm in Gill, MA. We have been providing over 10 garden workers with some of their produce this summer and have been selling to the campus community for several months. Many students have been able to gain a basic understanding of sustainable vegetable growing as a result of our group.

 

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?

[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:  

We work to engage students in every part of a sustainable food production program, from planning an entire crop plan and rotation plan to seeding, transplanting, harvesting and more. We are an extremely new organization (chartered in Spring, 2009, although we have been an organization in some respect for two years now) and do not have many campus-wide projects yet.

 

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:  

MassPIRG

Bike Kitchen

Bad Seeds

Engineers for a Sustainable World

 

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, although we feely strongly connected with local sustainable farming organizations such as NOFA.

 

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Name: Elisabeth Wolfe

Position (in student organization): Head Chef, Smith College Bicycle Kitchen

Date survey submitted: 07/21/09

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

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

Name of organization: Smith College Bicycle Kitchen

Number of active members: 10, however we do much more campus-wide bike service than activities that require a “membership”

Website: www.smith.edu/bikekitchen

Date of last meeting: 4/24/09

Frequency of meetings: Weekly

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008:

The Bicycle Kitchen is a completely student-run bike shop, providing help to the Smith Community with basic bike repairs, teaching bike maintenance education, and offering semester by semester bike rentals, as well as all around bike love. We see ourselves as an integral part of Smith’s efforts towards environmental sustainability by providing Smith students with an alternative eco-friendly form of transportation.

 

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008:

This past year we have been in the process of completely renovating our new space in Ainsworth gym (which now looks absolutely beautiful!), as well as almost tripling the size our bike rental fleet. We now have a well-functioning bike repair space in Smith’s gym which we have open two hours each Friday, and we have been able to rent almost 40 bikes out during the school year, during alumnae weekend, and during the summer, usually with a waiting list because we can’t fulfill all the bike rental requests with our current bike fleet!

 

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?

[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: 
Since its beginnings in Spring, 2005 the Bicycle Kitchen has:

-created a bike rental program for Smith students

-offered weekly free bike repair services and education on basic bike maintenance simultaneously

-offered bike workshops on various topics including Winterizing Your Bike, Brake Repair, etc.

-led group bike rides

-visited other local student-run bike shops

 

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:  

MassPIRG

Community Garden

Bad Seeds

Engineers for a Sustainable World

 

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: Lauren Kaelin, Morrow House Sustainability Committee
Position (in student organization): Founder
Date survey submitted: July 14, 2009

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.
Name of organization:
Morrow House Sustainability Committee 
Number of active members: About 12 consistent members
Website: NA
Date of last meeting: May 2009
Frequency of meetings: Once a week 
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: At the beginning of the year we decided on a three-pronged mission. Our first and primary objective was to increase sustainable practices within our house. Secondly to address larger campus-wide sustainability issues and support initiatives on a campus-wide level. And lastly, to promote a sense of global awareness and perhaps, ideally, impact. Our mission fits with a very accessible sustainability philosophy, that small, personal changes can have a global, lasting impact. 
Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: It's hard to rate the impact of our committee since most of our steps are small, but at the very least everyone that lives in Morrow House (about 83 women) are more aware of the impact their lifestyles make. We started several initiatives targeting specific issues. For example, taking a plastic bag. We made (sustainable, of course) pledge cards, encouraging members of our house to give up taking plastic bags. We made reminders in the bathrooms and halls about sustainable choices and practices, including recycling, water usage, electricity. We also began attending bi-weekly Green Team meetings-- a campus-wide sustainability driven group of faculty, staff and students that discuss campus-wide goals. Our biggest event was a campus-wide Earth Hour. We organized a light scavenger hunt where participants would run around campus during the global Earth Hour, turning off lights in administration, residential and academic buildings. 

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. (Details above.)
#1 - Name of competition: Earth Hour Switch Hunt
Year initiated: 2008
Frequency of competition: once a year
Participants: Various houses on campus participate as teams. 
Incentives: We make prizes that encourage sustainable dorm practices, we also get a lot of support from local Northampton businesses by way of gift certificates and prizes.
Goal of competition: Increase awareness about the global event and about the impact of small choices. 
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: Hard to measure, but our estimation is that over 700 light switches were turned off around campus. 
Lasting effects of competition: Awareness and more tangibly, each team would place a reminder (again, sustainable) on each turned off light switch, so future users would be reminded to "turn it off."
Website: www.earthhour.org

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: There is a Committee of Sustainability as part of the Student Government, comprised of appointed staff and students. 

OTHER ACTIVITIES
4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school: All activities are listed 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: I'm not the best person to ask for this information, but I'll just say that there are a WIDE variety of other organizations at Smith that relate to sustainable practices.

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 work with other groups on campus, but not one in particular.

 

 

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