The Student Involvement category looks at student participation in sustainability initiatives and support for these activities by school administrators. This includes encouraging active student organizations that prioritize sustainability efforts and managing/overseeing sustainability challenges or competitions. This category also examines how school sustainability policies, practices, and culture are integrated into orientation programs for new students. Another aspect of student involvement concerns opportunities for sustainability-related work-study jobs and supporting "Eco-Reps," or other programs that provide paid student positions to promote behavioral change campaigns.
- More than one in four schools introduce sustainability in student orientation. A sustainability awareness/educational component has been integrated into 27 percent of new student orientation programs for all incoming students.
- Two in three schools offer paid sustainability opportunities for students. Paid positions are offered to students at 65 percent of schools for work on sustainability activities within the facilities department, sustainability office, or other relevant campus office.
- More than two in five schools have student representation on their board of trustees. Forty-two percent of schools include at least one student representative on their board of trustees.
- More than two in five schools have a green residence. A green dorm that features green building best practices and/or a dedicated green residence for eco-minded students is offered by 42 percent of schools.
- Almost all schools (95 percent) have at least one active student environmental/sustainability group on campus.
- The majority of schools host a sustainability competition on campus. Fifty-five percent of schools have sustainability competitions, on at least an annual basis, to promote one or more of the following: increased recycling, waste reduction, and energy or water conservation.
- The average grade for the Student Involvement category was “C+.” For a summary of grade distribution for this category, please refer to the chart on the right.
Two in three schools offer paid sustainability opportunities for students.