Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Dasha Ostrova
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

California College of the Arts
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Jennifer Juras
Director of Institutional Research
Office of Institutional Planning
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Buoyant Ecologies/Public Sediment team for Resilience by Design - Bay Area Challenge

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
No

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Short-term project or event

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership supports at least one, but not all three, dimensions of sustainability

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

http://www.resilientbayarea.org/public-sediment

CCA students and faculty are working on Design Teams, comprised of local and international architects, engineers, ecologists and other experts, on a yearlong Challenge is working to address the looming threat of climate change in the Bay Area.
Stepping outside traditional approaches, they started by asking two questions:
1) Could we come up with innovative solutions to sea level rise and resilience related issues
2) Could we be proactive in this approach to protect our communities before a disaster strikes?


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Architectural Ecologies Lab

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):
The partnership supports at least one, but not all three, dimensions of sustainability

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):

The Architectural Ecologies Lab at California College of the Arts serves as a platform for collaborative research between designers, scientists, and manufacturers. Operating at the intersection of architecture, fabrication, and ecology, the lab merges spatial practice with innovative techniques of material production and rigorous ecological research. The lab’s work leverages interdisciplinary expertise and meaningful collaborations with science and industry to develop compelling architectural strategies to address ecological challenges like sea level rise, habitat restoration, and climate change. The lab explores how ecological performance can inform innovative approaches to architectural form, material assemblies, and manufacturing processes. Central to the lab’s work is a commitment to experimental fabrication processes, full-scale prototyping, and proof-of-concept tests that extend design ideas beyond the academic studio and into the real world.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Resilience by Design University

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):
Short-term project or event

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership supports at least one, but not all three, dimensions of sustainability

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):
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 (3rd partnership):

A two-day symposium that focused on resilience as a central tenet of design and included a Hackonthon with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Hosted by CCA and organized by CCA Architecture, Rebuild by Design, 100 Resilient Cities, NYU Institute for Public Knowledge, Penn Design, and the Urban Works Agency, in partnership with the Climate Readiness Institute and San Jose State University.


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