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At Earlham, sustainability is integrated across the campus, in operations, academics, and student life. Internships, events, courses and themed residential options are just some of the many ways students are invited to engage with sustainability. From making the campus a sustainable place to live and learn to studying sustainability through the lenses of the environment, social justice, and economics, sustainability is a key part of the transformative education that Earlham prides itself upon.

The Comprehensive Sustainability Plan was originally written by the Environmental Responsibility Committee (predecessor to the Sustainability Progress Committee) in the 2011-2012 academic year. The document covers the broad categories of Operations, Community, Curriculum, and Coordination with specific, measurable goals in each area. The plan was updated in 2016 by a group of Environmental Studies seniors as their capstone project. Read the plan here.

This governance committee meets monthly and is charged with assessing the implementation of the Comprehensive Sustainability Plan.

Current committee members include:

  • Sena Landey, Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • Jamey Pavey, Director of the Environmental Leadership Program
  • ]Ian Smith, Director of Facilities
  • Steven May, Director of Food Services
  • Shane Peters, Associate Dean of Student Life and Director of Residence Life
  • Courtney Scerbak, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Thor Hogan, Associate Professor of Politics and Environmental Studies
  • Corey Fritz, EPIC Programs Coordinator
  • Lauren Horton, Head Volleyball Coach
  • Bill Gray, Lead Master Electrician
  • Cynthia Grinspan, Administrative Assistant, Languages and Cultures
  • Smirthy Ganesan (EC Class of 2019)
  • Emma Turcotte (EC Class of 2018)

STARS

The Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS), managed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is the assessment tool Earlham uses to track our sustainability progress. Earlham first submitted a report to AASHE STARS in 2010 and received a Bronze designation. Bronze was also received in 2013. In early 2016 the college re-submitted data to STARS and for the first time has achieved a Silver rating! Read about STARS on their website. See the press release on our achievement here!

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