Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.29
Liaison Holly Andersen
Submission Date March 30, 2022

STARS v2.2

Bennington College
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

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

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and the American College and University President's Climate Commitment.

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

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

Vermont Green Building Network: https://www.vtgreenbuildingnetwork.org/

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

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

Yes. Representatives from Buildings and Grounds have attended the Efficiency Vermont Better Buildings by Design Conference in Burlington, VT. Last year it was all virtual due to COVID.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

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

Yes, the latest renovation on campus-- the Commons-- building has been submitted to many different organizations based on its recent renovation. The whole building is insulated over Vermont Energy Code requirement, has all LED lighting on a building management system, all on heat pumps, and during the shoulder seasons and winter is provided domestic heat and hot water from our biomass plant.

Has the institution had employees or students 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):

Mariko Silver, our previous president, who left the College in July of 2019, was on the board for Second Nature.

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:

Buildings and Grounds has a very close and collaborative relationship with Efficiency Vermont and it's employees. Both in formal and informal communications, BC and EV work together to make campus initiatives become reality.

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Most have been informal, causal conversations that are possible because of connections through Efficiency Vermont, ACUPCC, and Second Nature. Because of the close relationship we have with EV, we are often engaged in round tables and conversations with other large rate payers, colleges and universities, and vendors of new technology.

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

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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