CMC SSPEAR members celebrate winning Power Down challenge
Sustainability at Claremont McKenna College encompasses a broad collaboration among staff, students, and faculty who are working to strengthen the College’s commitment and support structure for educating and acting in sustainable ways.
SSPEAR (Sustainable Students Promoting Environmental Action and Responsibility)
Claremont McKenna College's environmental and sustainability club, SSPEAR is dedicated to spreading awareness of environmental issues, motivating the student body and campus services to live and operate more sustainably, and providing the necessary resources to make these changes permanent. The club president is Mira Liu '18.
Some of the projects headed by SSPEAR include working with Facilities to monitor malfunctioning sprinklers, beach clean-ups, waste audits, the PowerDown dorm energy challenge, monarch butterfly garden, and more.
Environmental Affairs Committee
The Environmental Affairs Committee (EAC) is part of the Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College (ASCMC) and is committed to enacting impactful and pragmatic initiatives that promote sustainable consumption of electricity, water, food, and other material goods by working with the Sustainability Coordinator, Facilities and Campus Services (FACS), and students. All students can submit applications for EAC and to be the EAC chair. EAC members are elected by the EAC chair and the EAC chair is elected by the vice president of ASCMC. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
EAC's initiatives include:
- In spring of 2017, EAC created the Sustainability Fund and a governing committee named the Sustainability Fund Committee. The fund grants $5000 per semester to CMC students who want to pursue innovative and entrepreneurial ventures that increase sustainability and environmental awareness at CMC and have the potential to yield positive returns on investment. The application process opens at the beginning of each semester and funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. You can find more information about applying to the fund here.
- ReRoom Program: A Sustainability Fund granted, EAC-led campus sale that provides students with the opportunity to purchase gently used items from prior CMC students at a fraction of their original cost, while reducing the cycle of waste and consumption and offering employment opportunities. Used items are collected at the end of the school year by EAC with the help of CMC staff and resold at the beginning of the academic year when new students return. In 2017, the sale generated over $2000 of revenue and more than $800 of net profit, which is used to fund additional environmentally-oriented initiatives.
- GreenWare Program: An EAC-led program, also funded by the Sustainability Fund, that offers reusable dining ware to CMC students, staff, and faculty free of cost. Simply fill out the request form, pick up the dishware, return it, and the GreenWare program will take of dishwashing and the rest. Plates, bowls, cups, and utensils are available for checkout. This program will reduce campus waste and litter, save the CMC community money, encourage the CMC community to move away from single use items, and create student employment on campus.
- Food Waste: Worked with Collins Dining Hall and the Athenaeum to encourage a reduction of food waste and consumption of environmentally harmful products, like all animal products, through statistics and visuals. Succeeded in switching the Athenaeum’s single use cups to biodegradable cups.
- Weigh the Waste: A semi-annual campaign to quantify CMC’s food waste reduction efforts and create awareness about food waste in Collins through which large bins are set up to collect and weigh all leftover food waste during a determined time.
- Divestment: Looking into the process of divestment, shareholder engagement, and other means to reduce the endowment’s dependency on climate change-causing fossil fuel.
Roberts Environmental Center Research Analysts
The Roberts Environmental Center provides opportunities for students to familiarize themselves with the issues of environmental governance, public policy, urban planning, environmental management, and natural resource management.