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University of Maryland–College Park

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:   Joanna Calabrese                                            
Position (in student organization):   Senior Vice President, SGA
Date survey submitted: June 19 2009

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.
Name of organization:  Student Government Association
Number of active members: 60
Website: www.sga.umd.edu       http://umdsustainability.weebly.com
Date of last meeting: May 21, 2009
Frequency of meetings:  Several meetings a week for executives and cabinet, 1 main legislative meeting every week with everyone (open to public), Average workload per student representative= 15-20 hours a week
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008:

·         Started a new sustainability-focused committee within the SGA, The Student Sustainability Council, which is dedicated to promoting University and community sustainability efforts through cooperative project development.

·         Worked with campus staff and administrators to select an alternative to styrofoam take-out containers in the Dining Halls

·         Led the student body to fund new hybrid shuttle buses, which will offset our carbon footprint by 30 percent per bus

·         Made our meetings paperless, while expanding access to SGA business through use of a projector at meetings and a completely redesigned a website

·         Funded carbon-offsetts to account for our office electricity use

·         Negotiated to get 100k for bike infrastructure improvements on campus through our Bicycling Master Plan

·         Mobilized one of the largest coalitions of student leaders ever assembled to advocate for the Purple Line, which is transit that has the potential to eliminate more than 13,000 cars from the road when it is built

·         Hosted an Earth Day Celebration on our main quad and invited over 40 environmentally concious organizations , departments, and local businesses

·         Hosted a zero-waste Spring BBQ event (with more than 4,000 atendees)

·         Currently heading a campaign to stop redevlopment construction on a 8 acre ecologically sensitive wooded area on campus

·         Currently working with the developers of WeBike, a student founded bike-sharing program, to help bring its product to the campus to give students a greater incentive to ride their bikes rather than drive their cars

·         Currently still leading Americas Greenest Campus national competition efforts


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.

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: SEE ABOVE-  Student Sustainabiltiy Council. Our Campus Affairs Committee also assists the Student Sustainabiltiy Council with environmental affairs on occasion.

OTHER ACTIVITIES
4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:   SEE Key Issues Addressed and Initiatives Implemented

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:  

·         UMD for Clean Energy: Laura Calabrese, Organizational Director

·         Society for Green Business: Alyson Theobald, 2008-2009 President

·         Emerging Green Builders:  Dave Orndorf, new president

·         Engineers Without Borders: Phil Hannam, 2008-2009 President

·         Terp Changemakers: Allison Basile, 2008-2009 President

·         Net Impact: Alon Gotesman, member

·         MaryPIRG: Gregory Schwab, Campus Organizer

·         WeBike: Founder Vlad Tchamplov

·         The Maryland Food Co-Op: Asst. Manager Joseph Parker

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: David Orndorff
Position (in student organization): President, Emerging Green Builders
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: Emerging Green Builders
Number of active members: 11
Website: http://arch.umd.edu/people/student_organizations/egb.cfm
Date of last meeting: May 2009
Frequency of meetings: as needed, depending on what the group is trying to accomplish at a given time
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008:

  • LEED
  • sustainable materials
  • sustainable building techniques

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008:

  • Brown Bag Lecture Series addressing everything from sustainable building techniques to the Purple Line
  • EGB exhibit in the Linear Gallery of the Architecture Building, addressed LEED as well as sustainable materials
  • We sponsored a lecturer in the UMD school of Architecture's lecture series, who focused sustainable materials
  • LEED study group sessions

 

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?

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please describe:

Our student government includes an environmental affairs liaison (position) and the Student Sustainability Council (committee)

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

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

  • Some of our previous group members have participated in the Solar Decathlon 2007. The Solar Decathlon is a competition involving 20 universities world wide, who all compete to build a sustainable home. University of Maryland's LEAFhouse placed 2 nd overall.
  • We have organized a tour of the Chesapeak Bay Foundation building, which is rated LEED platinum, and plan on having another tour in the coming year.
  • Brown Bag Lecture Series, which allows students to give lectures on issues of sustainability that they are passionate about
  • EGB Gallery Opening in the Linear gallery of the Architecture building
  • We sponsored Blaine Brownell to give a lecture in the School of Architectures lecture series
  • LEED study group sessions

 

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):  

Our group is affiliated with the National Capital Region Chapter of the Emerging Green Builders which is an organization under the United States Green Building Council.

 

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Name: Lauren Kim
Position (in student organization): President, MaryPIRG
Date survey submitted: July 10, 2009

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

Name of organization:  MaryPIRG
Number of active members: 75
Website: http://www.marylandpirgstudents.org
Date of last meeting: 5/7/2009
Frequency of meetings: Weekly
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: Our Global Warming Solutions ran a campaign to help pass the GGRA in Maryland, promote sustainability education, and other environmental issues  MaryPIRG also works on consumer protection campaigns including higher education, hunger & homelessness, voting rights, and health care reform.
Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: We passed the GGRA and set the highest carbon cap of any state.  =D


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?
[  ]  No

[ X]  Yes. Please describe:  There is some executive branch position for it in the SGA.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

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

Stream clean-ups & street sweeps for litter, educational lectures, particpating in Earth Day, petitioning and other grassroots campaign action gathering.  Our activites vary semester-to-semester dependent on the campaign coordinators.

 

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:  

Maryland Students for Clean Energy, Sierra Student Coalition, The Co-op, Critical Mass, and the Gardening Club


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 Student PIRGs: Maryland PIRG

 

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Name:   Alyson Theobald

Position (in student organization): President, Society for Green Business

Date survey submitted: July 11, 2009

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

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

Name of organization: Society for Green Business

Number of active members: 40

Website: www.terpsgb.com

Date of last meeting: 05/02/2009

Frequency of meetings: weekly

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: sustainable business development

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: SGB progressed our educational and advocacy campaigns by incorporating speaker series into our advocacy work which focuses on the sustainable development of local businesses in the College Park region. 

 

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?

[  ]  No

[X]  Yes. Please describe:

The University of Maryland SGA has an environmental affairs liaison (position) and the Student Sustainability Council (committee).

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:   SGB performed a waste stream analysis at a local restaurant and raised awareness for Earth Day 2009 by initiating a recycling program and biodegradable cup purchasing program at another local restaurant.  Additionally, SGB held monthly educational campaigns focused on sustainable business development by hosting speakers that have advanced the field of green business.

 

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:  

        SGA - Joanna Calabrese (SGA is of course not an environmental organization but they were so involved in environmental legislation/action last year, we should definitely include it)

        Ecological Economics Student Group - Mary Ellen Kustin

        Emerging Green Builders - John Kucia

        Engineers Without Borders - Phil Hannam

        Society for Green Business - Alyson Theobald

        Student Sustainability Council - Davey Rogner

        MaryPIRG - Lauren Kim (also not just an environmental group, but it certainly counts!)

        UMD Students for Clean Energy - Laura Calabrese

 

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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