|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||Feb. 17, 2013|
PAE-19: Community Sustainability Partnerships
|2.00 / 2.00||
Interim Sustainability Coordinator
Does the institution participate in community sustainability partnerships that meet the criteria for this credit?:
A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with the local community:
Brandeis maintains many partnerships with community organizations related to sustainability, through various programs and departments. Through the Department of Community Service we have worked with organic and local Drumlin Farms as well as the Emerald Necklace Conservancy to engage in large scale weeding and land restoration projects. We have worked to improve energy efficiency in Waltham through partnering with GETI (Green Enterprise Training Institute) and the Waltham Recycling Coordinator, Eileen Zubrowski. Through an Experiential and Community Engaged Learning class, students regularly intern with Healthy Waltham, a local organization which promotes community gardens and healthy eating amongst youth in low-income communities. These are just a few examples of the many ways in which Brandeis partners with community organizations to promote sustainability.
It is absolutely essential that Brandeis maintain and expand our community partnerships, as they provide students with invaluable networking opportunities and chances to apply theories to real-world situations. Partnering with community organizations allows us to expand our realm of influence in terms of sustainability and provide support for great local programs.
Although we already do very well in this field, there is always room for improvement. Perhaps in the future we could have more regular volunteering opportunities with sustainable community partners, expanding out into the Greater Boston community.
The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available: