Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.71
Liaison Keisha Payson
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Bowdoin College
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Keisha Payson
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainable Bowdoin
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

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

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), American College and Universities President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), Sustainability Dashboard Group


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

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

E2Tech, Green Campus Consortium of Maine, Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium, Maine Climate Change Adaptation Provider's Network


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

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

Keisha Payson, Associate Director of Sustainability, presented at the Maine Climate Change Adaptation Providers Network May 2018 meeting, at the 2018 AASHE conference in Pittsburgh, at the June 2018 Northeast Campus Sustainability conference at Wesleyan, and at the Second Nature 2019 Climate Leadership Summit in Tempe. Faculty and students regularly contribute to the Maine Sustainability conference held each March, by  organizing panels on coastal resilience, presenting on research findings, and presenting posters.


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
No

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

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

Keisha Payson, Sustainability Director, served on the steering Committee for the Sustainability Dashboard group. Professor Eileen Johnson served as an advisor for the Island Institute's project identifying risks of sea-level rise to Maine's working waterfront, as well as on the Science Advisory Council for the Environmental Health Strategy Center.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

The Bowdoin Office of Sustainability has many informal collaborative relationships with colleges from the Green Campus Consortium, to suggest ideas and support for various sustainability projects and initiatives. Bowdoin's Associate Director of Sustainability is also acting as a mentor in AASHE's Mentorship Program.


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?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

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

Bowdoin collaborated with Amherst, Williams, Hampshire and Smith Colleges to support the creation of 22MW of a new solar PV facility in Farmington, Maine with NextEra Energy Resources. Collaboration by the five schools provided market access that no single school would have
been able to achieve on their own. Starting in 2015, Bowdoin and Colby have participated in an Energy Competition between the two colleges to see which campus residence halls can reduce the most energy, typically over a one-month long period.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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