Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.66
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

American University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Megan Litke
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership?:
Sustainability-related

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability:

AU has partnered with WABA on an ongoing basis to bring bicycle education to faculty, staff, and students. Additionally, WABA has led community bike rides for the university and local community members. AU also participates in partnership with them on Bike to Work month related activities. AU provides the funds and materials for the community bike rides and information sessions.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Casey Trees

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (2nd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):

AU provided Casey Trees with a training location and Casey Trees supported the planting of trees on newly developed campus property.

AU also supplied AU student volunteers to support some of their projects. AU has also helped facilitate tree planting projects for some AU neighbor communities using Casey Trees. AU also hosted their tree planting workshop which is where we provided the classroom space and the planting location.

AU participated in their annual Tree Report Card summary of all trees planted in DC. AU also provided campus tree inventory to Casey Trees for inclusion in the city Tree data base.

Casey Trees has also planted approximately 200 trees on campus over the last two years.

Casey trees allows homeowners to request tree plantings on their property at no cost, making tree plantings accessible to everyone. They also work with community groups and schools in DC to do tree plantings by providing support (trees, volunteers, logistics, and supplies).


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
WMATA UPASS Program

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Sustainability-related

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (3rd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):

In March 2016, AU became the first area university to work with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to provide students with the benefit for a flat fee. The U·Pass program, which was adopted by an overwhelming student vote in fall 2016, provides unlimited rides throughout the semester on Metrorail and Metrobus (including express and airport shuttle buses) for trips to school, work, internships, cultural events, and entertainment. The program extends to all full-time undergraduate, graduate, and law students.

The goal of the program and partnership with WMATA is to encourage students to use public transportation, allow for increased class field trips around DC, and save students' money.

https://www.american.edu/finance/transportation/UPass.cfm


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:

AU partners with all the other district universities and the District's Dept of Energy and the Environment to move district sustainability goals forward in a cohesive manner.


Website URL where information about the institution’s community partnerships to advance sustainability is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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*The U-Pass program is currently suspended due to COVID-19, but was active up until the Spring 2020 semester.

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