Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.15
Liaison Elenore Breslow
Submission Date Nov. 24, 2020

STARS v2.2

Brock University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Amanda Smits
Centre Administrator
Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Brock-Lincoln Living Lab

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?:
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability:

A unique partnership formally connects Brock University to the Lincoln community, which will provide real benefits by leveraging the resources, capacities and talents of both communities. The Brock-Lincoln Living Lab is initially set to last five years. Among some of the more specific targets the two sides are working toward:

- Conducting a needs assessment within the first year of operations identifying priorities, proposed activities and objectives to be achieved within the first five years
- Holding public events each year pertaining to knowledge mobilization and community engagement
- Engaging graduate and undergraduate students in co-operative education, course projects and independent research projects
- Initiating research projects by Brock faculty
- Exploring and pursuing mutually beneficial opportunities of shared interest such as grant proposals and community forums
- Promoting the Living Lab locally and develop networks nationally and internationally
- Supporting Lincoln in following other national or international initiatives that can help promote community sustainability and are in line with the spirit of the Living Lab

https://brocku.ca/esrc/brock-lincoln-living-lab/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Niagara Adapts

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):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (2nd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):

Niagara Adapts is a partnership designed to build innovative climate solutions right here in Niagara. By leveraging resources and expertise from seven municipalities in the Niagara Region and Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, the partnership will support collaborative climate change adaptation assessment, planning and implementation.

https://brocku.ca/esrc/niagara-adapts/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Partnership for Freshwater Resilience

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? (3rd partnership):
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (3rd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):

The WWF-Canada – Brock Partnership for Freshwater Resilience is designed to advance our understanding of how to build resilience in Canada in the face of increasing threats to freshwater and increasing impacts from climate change on these resources. The Partnership brings together Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre with the Freshwater Division of WWF-Canada to leverage their complimentary expertise in governance and policy, research and practice.

https://brocku.ca/esrc/partnership-for-freshwater-resilience/


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

Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Initiative: The MOU calls for creating an Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Initiative (EESI) that uses the expertise and resources of both organizations to increase environmental stewardship through public events and, in the case of students, through co-op education opportunities, course work and research. 
https://brocku.ca/esrc/environmental-stewardship-initiative/

Trail Assets and Tourism Initiative: The purpose of this initiative is to establish a vibrant cooperative partnership between Brock University, The Ontario Trails Council (OTC), and The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) with an initial five-year program of operations. This partnership will concentrate on identifying key priorities that enhance the material benefits of trails including multi-use trails and non-material benefits that improve the capacity of the NPC regarding trail assets and trail tourism. The partnership will also advance state-of-the-art knowledge, programs and policies more generally through identifying best-practices and undertaking evidence-based inquiries.
https://brocku.ca/esrc/trail-assets-and-tourism-initiative/


Website URL where information about the institution’s community partnerships to advance sustainability is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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