Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.93
Liaison Jim Dees
Submission Date April 19, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Appalachian State University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Sierra Milosh
Data Analysis
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Second Nature
US composting council

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Appalachian Energy Summit
Southeastern Sustainability Coordinators Network
Carolina Recycling Association
UNC Sustainability Alliance

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

World Energy Engineering Congress - Conference and Expo WEEC:
National and International Importance to Energy Professionals The WEEC is the one truly comprehensive event where you can fully assess the "big picture" and see exactly how the economic and market forces, new technologies, regulatory developments and industry trends all merge to shape your critical decisions, as well as define what specific steps are needed to achieve optimum energy efficiency and performance within your organization.

Following an overview of NC Senate Bill 668, which mandated promotion of “the conservation of energy and water use in State, University, and Community College Buildings,” this session will discuss energy reductions (and increases) at Appalachian State University with their measurement. Also included will be an introduction to the Appalachian Energy Summit energy manager working group’s efforts to improve energy manager communication and education.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Case studies to AASHE's Campus Sustainability Hub:

GreenApps Eco-Reps Sustainability Leadership and Engagement Course:
*Posted May 16, 2017

The Sustainable Bookstore: Giving New Life to Discarded University Library Books:
*Posted June 1, 2016

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

The College and University Recycling Coalition is a non-profit organization facilitating the exchange of technical knowledge and best practices for recycling and waste reduction programs among institutions of higher learning. Jennifer Maxwell, our University Sustainability Program Specialist, is secretary of the CURC board.

Jennifer is also a member of the Collegiate Recyclers Coalition.

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Watauga High School Sustainability Club and App State began a relationship in 2016 though the NC Green Schools Certification process which lead to the implementation of an extensive waste reduction, recycling and composting program at the high school.

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

The goal of the Appalachian Energy Summit is to jump-start a national transformative effort across higher education. Embraced by UNC General Administration as a system-wide initiative, objectives include:
- Educate our students to be leaders of tomorrow;
- Reduce and stabilize the UNC system's average annual energy expenditures;
- Transform and stimulate the North Carolina economy;
- Position our colleagues in the UNC system and private universities as national leaders;
- Create a culture of environmental and economic sustainability.

The Summit is on track to save the state $1 billion by 2020, $2 billion by 2025 in avoided energy costs. In 2013-14 the state spent over $233 million on utility costs, or approximately $1000 per student. That same year the AES reported $103 million in avoided utility costs; $499 million to date.

Through the Appalachian Energy Summit, "the university system and Appalachian are creating collaborations and achieving successes that show how higher education can lead first in energy then broaden that scope to address the biggest challenges that face our world – sustainability."

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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