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Report Card 2011

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University of Kansas–Lawrence

Student Survey

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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2011, 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 2010 . 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.

 

School name: University of Kansas

Date submitted: July 30, 2010



For each question, please choose the response that best represents the activities of your student organization. Some questions have additional instructions below the question. If you cannot find information for a particular question, please leave that question blank.

 

The response to this survey should be only in reference to one student organization. If there are multiple student organizations at a given school, each organization should complete its own survey. Only one survey should be submitted for each student organization at a particular school.

 

1)  Contact Information

 

The following fields designate the main contact person for your group.

Name: Ryan Callihan

School Name: University of Kansas

Name of student organization: KU Environs

Your position or title: President

 

2)  Student Organization

Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role. If you are a member of multiple organizations, you will be able to enter information about their activities on a later page.

Active members attend meetings and help implement the organization’s initiatives. Please describe event or email-listserv attendance under “Additional Comments.”

 

Number of active members:

35

Date of last meeting (mm/dd/yyyy):

May 11, 2010

Frequency of meetings:

Note: if you meet more than once a week, please select weekly.

Weekly

 

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2009:

Use the categories below to help describe your group's initiatives in each area. In the "Describe" field, outline actions taken and elaborate on the impact and degree of success. You may want to compose your descriptions in Microsoft Word or a similar program and then paste them into the boxes provided. Please be detailed in your descriptions, and use the "Other" option to describe additional areas of involvement. You can also elaborate or add clarifying comments under "Additional Comments."

 

 

Addressed     

Progress           

Describe

Academics

Examples: Minor, major and concentration programs, curricular additions, research projects

[  ]

Administration

Examples: Procurement policies, institution-wide sustainability policy, advocating for sustainability-related staff positions

[X]

Significant

Campus Sustainability Day: Worked very closely with the Center for Sustainability in planning Campus Sustainability Day. The day recognizes student, faculty, and staff leaders in sustainability. Dining catered the event with local and organic food. For the last event of the day, Environs held a round-table discussion about the future of sustainability. The roundtable was attended by about 50 students, staff and faculty who all had an interest in sustainability. The conversation was productive and has led to subsequent meetings about forming an agenda to advance sustainability on campus.    Chancellor Sustainability Initiative: The Environs sponsored round-table discussion in the fall of 2009 Campus Sustainability Day led to subsequent meetings and discussion between campus sustainability leaders, including several Environs members. These discussions led to three meetings with the newly appointed Chancellor. Long story short, the Chancellor made an official Earth Day proclamation in which plans were outlined to increase visibility and University involvement in sustainability initiatives in coming years. . A new task force featuring key members of the university will begin meeting next fall in order to figure out how to make KU a leader in Sustainability. News article: http://www.news.ku.edu/2010/april/16/earthday.shtml

Climate

Examples: Climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

[X]

Showed the climate change movie ‘Age of Stupid’ in Alderson Auditorium. This event was attended by about 45 people from the KU community.

Endowment

Examples: Proxy voting guidelines, investment advisory committees

[  ]

Energy

Examples: Conservation/behavioral
change programs, retrofits and
efficiency improvements

[X]

Moderate

Secured $5,000 of funding (via the Student Environmental Advisory Board) for our project to implement LED street lighting on Jayhawk Boulevard in front of the Kansas Union. The LED project is meant as a pilot project to encourage more University investment in efficient lighting.

Food

Examples: Advocating for local, organic, or more sustainable food, campus gardening, food purchasing and ingredient guidelines

[X]

Significant

Food, Inc: Had a special showing of the movie “Food, Inc” in Woodruff auditorium. The event was attended by about 400 members of the KU and Lawrence community. We brought many local community businesses together for this event to advance recognition of local and sustainable foods. There was a special introduction by Dianne Endicott, an area local food provider. We also gathered over 900 dollars with of raffle and door prizes. This is part of a larger effort to improve awareness of sustainable dining.     Local Food Brochure: Worked with Checkers to draft a local food brochure and clearly label their local food. Environs tabled to promote the brochure and collected donations from community members to be able to continue printing brochures with activities and music. UDK article: http://www.kansan.com/news/2010/may/06/new-brochure/?news

 

Green Building

Examples: Design or construction policy

[  ]

Grounds and Maintenance

Examples: Green landscaping, non-toxic cleaners

[X]

Moderate

Field Maintenance: Established a working relationship with the Kansas University Field Station (ecological reserves). Members now do frequent trail cleanups and other jobs needed by the Field Station. Environs will continue to act as stewards to this land by providing volunteers support on a provisional basis.

Student Involvement

Examples: Facilitating engagement with students, speaker series, establishing EcoReps program, student guide to sustainable living on campus

[X]

Moderate

Community Education: The Education and Outreach committee of Environs worked with Wetland Learners, a community environmental education program, this spring. This is part of an effort to give KU students experience in teaching environment themed curriculum. There were four trips to the Wetlands made in April, in which we taught second graders, and four trips in May for 6th graders. The Lied Center was involved in our April trips, and helped to incorporate the arts and sciences. Various members volunteered to teach at a specific station, such as the water quality station. Students were also engaged in creative ways during 15- minute discovery walks, painting stations, and games that asked students to experience the life of an animal, insect, or plant. UDK article: http://www.kansan.com/news/2010/apr/27/ku-students/?news    Community Education 2: The Education and Outreach committee gave two lectures to local middle schoolers. This was also part of an effort to give KU students experience in teaching environment themed curriculum. The first lecture was to a class of 7th graders about the ecological importance of wetlands. The committee hand built a hands-on watershed model as a learning tool for the 7th graders. The second lecture was to a group of 8th graders in the Science Olympiad. The lecture focused on local ecological issues and human impacts.

Transportation

Examples: Promoting sustainable transportation, campus fleet improvements, connecting students with public transit

[X]

Moderate

Earth Week Bike Ride: To kick-off the Earth Week events, we organized a massive bike ride and rode around campus and the city to promote bicycle awareness. 60+ bikers were in attendance.  We also table and hand out brochures that show accessible bike routes for riding to and from campus.

Waste Reduction

Examples: Recycling, composting,
reducing consumption

[X]

Moderate

Football Game Recycling: Led a student volunteer effort at the KU/NU home football game. The goal was to help Cans for Community (local not-for-profit) recycle aluminum. About 25 students volunteered and were from all facets of the university. We broke the record for most cans collected at any football game (previous 600lbs, we collected over 800lbs). Cans for Community usually collects about 300lbs, which was far exceeded. All proceeds from selling the aluminum are donated to a local charity. There are plans to continue this volunteer effort for Fall of 2010.    Compost Bin: After years of vege lunches, it was decided that the Ecumenical Christian Ministries (a student oriented facility next to campus) could use a composting bin. Environs members spent the afternoon constructing a large composting bin that can hopefully be used for many years to come.   Recycling Tour: In order to increase awareness of the environmental stewardship happening right on our campus, Environs hosted a tour of KU’s recycling facilities.

Water

Examples: Water conservation, reducing campus pollution, bottled water campaigns

[X]

None

FLOW: For Love of Water: We screen the documentary FLOW in Alderson Auditorium on Tuesday, April 20 2010 in honor of Earth Day. After the screening there was a brief discussion of the film among the audience. The event was c0-sponsored by Campus Progress, Films for Action, the Environmental Studies Department, and the Center for Sustainability, with free local popcorn provided by KU Dining Services.

Other

[  ]

Sustainability Survey: Created and conducted two surveys of students (February 4-5 2010 and April 22 2010) to gauge student interest in sustainability on campus. We had over 200 respondents for each survey. We worked with the Office for Student Success who loaned us iTouches to administer the surveys. The first survey results were presented to University Relations to show students no longer use the KU Directory. As a result, starting in the 2011-2012 school year, University Relations will no longer print the KU Directory. Further, in the 2010-2011 school year, the KU Directory will be cut by 200 pages because students will no longer be listed. The second survey results were presented to KU Dining Services. The data collected from these surveys will be used for sustainability related initiatives for several years to come.

 

Additional Comments

While campus is KU Environs main focus, we also have many projects in the community and region. The projects explained above are just a portion of the involvement of students in this very active group. Also, I only listed iniatives that were specific to Environs. We joint or partly sponsored many other events or activities through out the year.

 

3)  Sustainability Competitions and Challenges

This information should describe a campus challenge or competition organized by your group to promote sustainability. To add general information about your group, return to the previous questions.

 

First competition

 

Name of competition

Frequency of competition

Year initiated

Even if the competition has not been held continually each year, enter the year it began.

Groups involved in coordinating

If your group conducted the competition alone enter your group's name. Otherwise, enter other student groups, administrative offices, or faculty departments that assisted in implementation.

                                                                 

Participants:

 

Students

[  ]

Faculty

[  ]

Staff

[  ]

Other. Please describe.

 

Incentives/Rewards:

Describe how students, faculty, and/or staff were encouraged to participate in the competition. How were they notified and enticed to join the competition? What was the “prize” or reward for which they were competing?

 

Goals of competition:

Describe the sustainability-related goal of the competition (e.g. conserve electricity, water, reduce waste, increase recycling rates).

 

Energy conservation

[  ]

Waste reduction

[  ]

Water conservation

[  ]

Other. Please describe

 

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced (describe):

Describe both the raw savings, and the savings as compared to use before the competition. For example, an electricity-saving competition may have encouraged a dorm to conserve 6,000 kW/h of electricity for the month of April, a savings of 5% from the same month last year.

 

Lasting effects of competition:

Describe other impacts and effects. What are observable changes in campus behavior even after the competition’s completion? Have other efforts towards sustainability been given added momentum? Has the competition inspired other campaigns or initiatives?

 

Website:

 

Second competition

 

Name of competition

Frequency of competition

Year initiated

Even if the competition has not been held continually each year, enter the year it began.

Groups involved in coordinating

If your group conducted the competition alone enter your group's name. Otherwise, enter other student groups, administrative offices, or faculty departments that assisted in implementation.

                                                                 

Participants:

 

Students

[  ]

Faculty

[  ]

Staff

[  ]

Other. Please describe.

 

Incentives/Rewards:

Describe how students, faculty, and/or staff were encouraged to participate in the competition. How were they notified and enticed to join the competition? What was the “prize” or reward for which they were competing?

 

Goals of competition:

Describe the sustainability-related goal of the competition (e.g. conserve electricity, water, reduce waste, increase recycling rates).

 

Energy conservation

[  ]

Waste reduction

[  ]

Water conservation

[  ]

Other. Please describe

 

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced (describe):

Describe both the raw savings, and the savings as compared to use before the competition. For example, an electricity-saving competition may have encouraged a dorm to conserve 6,000 kW/h of electricity for the month of April, a savings of 5% from the same month last year.

 

Lasting effects of competition:

Describe other impacts and effects. What are observable changes in campus behavior even after the competition’s completion? Have other efforts towards sustainability been given added momentum? Has the competition inspired other campaigns or initiatives?

 

Website:

 

Third competition

 

Name of competition

Frequency of competition

Year initiated

Even if the competition has not been held continually each year, enter the year it began.

Groups involved in coordinating

If your group conducted the competition alone enter your group's name. Otherwise, enter other student groups, administrative offices, or faculty departments that assisted in implementation.

                                                                 

Participants:

 

Students

[  ]

Faculty

[  ]

Staff

[  ]

Other. Please describe.

 

Incentives/Rewards:

Describe how students, faculty, and/or staff were encouraged to participate in the competition. How were they notified and enticed to join the competition? What was the “prize” or reward for which they were competing?

 

Goals of competition:

Describe the sustainability-related goal of the competition (e.g. conserve electricity, water, reduce waste, increase recycling rates).

 

Energy conservation

[  ]

Waste reduction

[  ]

Water conservation

[  ]

Other. Please describe

 

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced (describe):

Describe both the raw savings, and the savings as compared to use before the competition. For example, an electricity-saving competition may have encouraged a dorm to conserve 6,000 kW/h of electricity for the month of April, a savings of 5% from the same month last year.

 

Lasting effects of competition:

Describe other impacts and effects. What are observable changes in campus behavior even after the competition’s completion? Have other efforts towards sustainability been given added momentum? Has the competition inspired other campaigns or initiatives?

 

Website:

                                                                                                         

4)  Sustainability in Student Government and Other Activities

Please describe the role of Student Government and other groups.

 

Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

Yes

 

If yes. Please describe below:

Include the following: How many students are active in the committee? How often does it meet? What kinds of power and decision-making ability does it have? What impacts and initiatives has it undertaken? What kind of working relationship does it have with other student groups and the administration?

The Student Environmental Advisory Board has members appointed by the Student Body President of Student Senate. The board allocates money from the Sustainability and Renewable Energy Fee (student fee) to worthy projects. The board also advises Student Senate on environment issues.

 

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

Describe any activities that your group or yourself, as a leader on campus, have undertaken that are not already included in your survey responses. If applicable, also describe off-campus and community efforts that relate to institutional sustainability at your school.

Good Food Good Future Conference: On March 2nd, several Environs members represented KU, along with the KU Dining Services, at the conference in Kansas City. This conference, led by local food activist Diana Endicott, brought Food System Professionals, Food Businesses, Healthcare Professionals, Agriculture Organizations, Policy makers, Healthcare Organizations, Planners, Consumer Groups, Researchers, and students all together to promote the much needed changes in Kansas City's food system for economic, social, and most of all health benefits. Author Mark Winne spoke and donated his book Closing the Food Gap to Environs.Co-Hosted a lecture with the Environmental Studies Program. The lecture featured the founder of Environs and Environmental Studies Alumni, Warren Bird. He is now an international sustainability auditor and gave a lecture about job prospects in an environmental field.

 

 

Please Note: The following is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

 

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):

Environs is not officially affiliated with any other environmental groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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