The Student Involvement category looks at the level of student participation in sustainability initiatives and support for these activities from the college administration. This includes:
The existence of active student organizations that work effectively toward expanding sustainability efforts within the campus
Sustainability competitions that challenge community members to reduce water or electricity use, for instance, and help to engage the broader campus population by creating incentives for behavioral change.
Integrating sustainability policies and culture into orientation programs for new students.
Providing opportunities for students as Eco-Reps and sustainability-related work-study jobs
- More than four in five schools have introduced sustainability into student orientation. A sustainability awareness/educational component, like a zero-waste meal, discussions or speeches, or an active volunteer projet, has been integrated into an impressive 82 percent of new-student orientation programs.
- Over two in five schools have student representation on their board of trustees. Forty-one percent of the schools include at least one student representative on their board of trustees.
- Close to half of all the schools have Eco-Reps or other similar programs to promote behavioral change on campus. Forty-seven percent of the schools have instituted these programs to encourage sustainable living practices in residence halls.
- Three-quarters of the schools offer paid sustainability opportunities for students. Seventy-five percent of the schools offer paid positions to students for work on sustainability activities within the facilities department, sustainability office, or other relevant campus office.
- More than two in five schools have a green residence. A living space where students work to reduce their resource use and/or a dedicated green residence for eco-minded students is offered by 45 percent of the schools.
- The average grade for the Student Involvement category is B. For a summary of grade distribution for this category, please refer to the chart on the right.
Leading by Example
82 percent of schools have introduced sustainability into student orientation.