Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 57.66
Liaison Michael Kensler
Submission Date Jan. 23, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Auburn University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Michael Kensler
Director Sustainability Operations
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):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Green Sports Alliance, Sustainability Accelerator Network, United States Green Building Council (USGBC),College and University Recycling Council, Leave No Trace Center for Ethics. Auburn Outdoors is a member of NIRSA and Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) where they have presented, attended, served on committees, and worked with other institutions.

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):

SouthEastern Sustainability Network (SESN)

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

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

AASHE 2017: If you build it, will they come? Creating a biking culture by sharing (presentation)

AASHE 2018: ISSP Networking Session: Do you have all it takes to be a successful sustainability professional?

Southeast Sustainability Network 2017: "Expanding the Scope of a Sustainability Office: Creating a Shared Vision of What the Future Will Look Like"

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):

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):

Served on SouthEast Sustainability Network workshop planning committee. Served on AASHE conference proposal review committee.

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:

Auburn University Montgomery (AUM): advise two faculty members overseeing sustainability initiatives and wanting to improve sustainability performance specifically in dining, community garden, waste diversion, student engagement, sustainability in the curriculum and sustainability-related research, and other initiatives. Arranged meetings at Auburn's campus for AUM to speak with subject experts. This is an ongoing relationship that will entail site visits at both campuses. Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education has a Sustainability committee which helps analyze our Auburn Outdoors programs sustainability efforts as well as shares data and ideas from other schools to make us more sustainable.

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:

Auburn is working with University of Alabama-Birmingham to pursue renewable energy options. Auburn is working with Agnes Scott College and University of Florida on how to better collaborate with Second Nature to develop and implement next versions of climate action plans and identify opportunities for use of renewable energy. Auburn is part of a consortium of colleges and universities in Alabama to further sustainabilty initiatives at institutions in the state. Auburn Outdoors participates in the Alabama Meet-Up once a semester. This is a group made up of 5-6 institutions with higher education professionals in the outdoor industry where we share resources, train staff on sustainability and best practices and share ideas for more efficient operations which leads to sustainable practices.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.