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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:  Lauren Ressler
Position (in student organization):  Co-President 2008-2009
Date survey submitted: July 21, 2009

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.
Name of organization: Natural Leaders
Number of active members: 11
Website: no
Date of last meeting: June 3, 2009
Frequency of meetings: weekly
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008:

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008
A key issue we addressed was student apathy around environmental issues. For QuadStock, the annual outdoor music festival, we provided compostable utensils and dishware and we educated students at the event about banning bottled water on campus.  We promoted the Business School’s sustainability conference and the student Collaborating for Sustainability conference.  We tabled at Green Fest, a local gathering of organizations and businesses to promote sustainable living, for the Sierra Club to promote their organization.

 Another key issue was to work on political outreach. We attended the Washington State Environmental Priorities Lobby Day. We met our legislators to ask them to support good climate legislation and green jobs.


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?
[  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:  

Collaborating for Sustainability: Empowering Students for a New Generation: Students Lauren Ressler and Maura Rendes organized a student conference in April 2009 that brought about 90 peers from more than six universities in Oregon and Washington together to give them the tools they need to collaborate for change regarding sustainability issues on campuses, in communities, and in conjunction with international projects. Workshops, a job and volunteer opportunities fair, and presentations featured topics including climate justice in developing nations, permaculture, and grassroots organizing. 

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:  
Associated Students of Seattle University, Committee for Sustainable Transportation

Austin Verdi. The Committee’s mission is to increase affordable alternative transportation options for students, to increase awareness of current university programs, and to create dialogue between students, faculty, and staff regarding alternative transportation.

 

Committee on Responsible Investment (CRI):  The CRI works to ensure that the university’s funds are invested according to the mission and values of the university with a focus on social and environmental sustainability and community development.  The standing committee of  students works collaboratively with the VP for Finance and Business Affairs, the student representative on the Trustee Investment Committee, the Campus Sustainability Manager, and ASSU.  This year we created a $13,000 Sustainable University Revolving Loan Fund which to encourage sustainability on campus by funding renewable energy, energy efficiency and other projects that reduce green house gas emissions and replenish the fund through cost savings. We also created a Socially Responsible Investment Policy that lays out ground rules for future endowment investments and promotes investment in companies that are both environmentally friendly and socially responsible.

Contact: Max Cole  

 

Oxfam   http://www.suoxfam.org/

Kraig Cook

 

Engineers Without Borders  http://students.seattleu.edu/clubs/ewb/   Meghan Reha,

 

Environmental Students of Seattle University (ESSU), Katie Boehnlein

 

Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists,  Juliet Agne

 

Student Pugwash  Matt Ryskalczyk

 

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):  

Energy Action Coalition, Sierra Club, Cascade Climate Network, High Road for Human Rights

 

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Name: Katie Boehnlein
Position (in student organization): Co-president
Date survey submitted: July 17th, 2009

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/ sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.
Name of organization: Environmental Students of Seattle University
Number of active members: 10-15
Website: n/a
Date of last meeting: ?
Frequency of meetings: weekly to monthly, depends on events
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: educational and activist events concerning the pruning of a historic tree on campus, lobbying (we took a group to Environmental Priorities Lobby Day in Olympia, WA), other politics (we hosted national Representative Jim McDermott and local Senator Adam Kline on campus to discuss the current state of environmental issues in politics), and surrounding the campus's Ban the Bottle campaign, as well as movie screenings in partnership with local non-profit Heart of America Northwest
Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: all completed except for Ban the Bottle which is still in progress. Organizers of this campaign have collected hundreds of petitions and surveys surrounding the campus's interest in banning water bottles on campus.

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:

OTHER ACTIVITIES
4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:   All listed above. For more information, contact Katie Boehnlein at boehnlei@seattleu.edu

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):   Cascade Climate network and many non-profits' listservs including Washington Environmental Council, Washington Conservation Voters, People for Puget Sound, Heart of America Northwest, Earth Ministries, and the Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club.

 

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