Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.68
Liaison Franklin Lebo
Submission Date Jan. 11, 2019
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Baldwin Wallace University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Franklin Lebo
Assistant Professor of Sustainability
Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
The Institute for Sustainable Business Practice

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’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:
https://www.bw.edu/centers/institute-for-sustainable-business-practice/

Serving the Business Community-
The Institute for Sustainable Business Practice (ISBP) serves as a resource center for the integration of sustainable practices. Focusing on concepts such as the "triple bottom line," ISPB's consulting services, peer learning for business managers and larger educational programs promote sustainability principles that generate tangible change and measurable outcomes within organizations. We believe that sustainability offers tremendous opportunities for businesses and regions that successfully embrace the process more effectively than their competitors.

Educating the Community-
BW continues to make strides in advancing campus sustainability efforts and works to educate the community about these practices. Initiatives have included energy conservation; conversion to clean energy sources including wind and solar; waste reduction, recycling and composting; consideration of the integrity of the ecosystem in which our campus resides; and community relations. BW's Ernsthausen Hall was the first residence hall in Ohio to utilize environmentally friendly GeoExchange technology for heating and cooling and BW now boasts two LEED certified buildings, including the Gold level of the R. Amelia Harding House, which demonstrates sustainable living and includes community meeting space.

Preparing Today's Students for Tomorrow-
A leader in sustainability programming, Baldwin Wallace launched Ohio's first undergraduate major in sustainability. ISBP works in partnership with this and other BW academic programs to foster understanding of sustainability concepts.

Members include-
Aramark
Blue Technologies
Brewer-Garrett Company
Turtle Plastics
Sustainable Cleveland 2019
Cleveland Clinic
Cliffs
COSE
Dix & Eaton
Doty & Miller Architects
Energizer
Fairmount Minerals
Vexor Technology
Forest City
Garick
Great Lakes Brewing Company

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
The BW Sustainability Symposium
On an annual basis, ISBP offers a major two-day public event that focuses on sustainability themes critical to 21st-century businesses. Our inaugural event in October 2008 featured Stuart Hart, renowned management sustainability theorist at Cornell University. These major events are open to the general public.

Consulting/Collaboration with Organizations
ISBP offers sustainability-consulting services tailored to the needs of local businesses. Teams of faculty and student consultants can help local companies produce tangible outcomes to their bottom lines, their interactions within their communities and their impacts on the natural environment. Consulting and peer learning opportunities are available for managers of local companies to advance organizational effectiveness in sustainable performance.

Campus Speakers
The program shares a growing wealth of managerial and corporate expertise among Northeast Ohio corporations and beyond with students and faculty on our campus to help them keep abreast of changing business practices in sustainability.

Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
BW's Sustainability Clinic™

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):
Short-term project or event

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):
BW's Sustainability Clinic™ identifies and recommend strategies and sustainable practices that enable your business or organization to reduce costs, improve operations, enhance profits and/or foster growth.

The clinic, a business outreach program led by experienced professional faculty and student consultants, shows you how to make beneficial impacts on social, environmental and economic aspects of your organization.

WHAT WE DO
Each fee-based project includes two deliverables at completion:

1. Final written report in electronic form
2. Formal presentation of the analysis, typically including projected return on investment (ROI)
The average project takes 1-4 months to complete. In most cases, projects focus on ways to reduce immediate and short-term operating costs through more sustainable methods and devices, which also provide environmental benefits.

Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Great Lakes Biomimicry (GL BIO)

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’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):
Dr. Ven Ochaya, Professor of Business at Baldwin Wallace University, has cultivated a multi-year partnership as a formal collaborator with Great Lakes Biomimicry (GLBIO). For more information including Dr. Ochaya bio, please visit: https://glbiomimicry.org/About/. For the past three years, GL Bio has involved a team of representatives to review student biomimetic team projects in a shark tank format including both undergraduate students in SUS363/BUS340: Biomimicry as well as for our MBA students in BUS637: Finance/Biomimicry.

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