Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.16
Liaison Kylee Singh
Submission Date Sept. 19, 2019
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STARS v2.1

California Polytechnic State University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Kylee Singh
Sustainability Coordinator
Energy Utilities and Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Central Coast Climate Collaborative (4C)

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’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

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:

The Central Coast Climate Collaborative (4C) is a membership organization fostering a network of local and regional community leaders throughout six Central Coast counties to address climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Collaborative involves representatives from local and regional government, business and agriculture, academia, and diverse community groups to share information and best practices, leverage efforts and resources and identify critical issues and needs. The Collaborative will engage all communities throughout the region to help ensure a resilient and low-carbon Central Coast prepared for the impacts of climate change. 4C will engage with other collaborative throughout the state.

The Energy, Utilities and Sustainability Department committed funding to pay for student time to support the faculty lead for the 4C and campus leadership covers 8 units of release time for the Cal Poly Faculty lead to manage the collaborative.

https://www.centralcoastclimate.org/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
San Luis Obispo Climate Coalition

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):
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 (2nd partnership):

In 2012, a group of San Luis Obispo County community leaders formed a coalition to address a growing need for local economic security and energy resilience with a local Community Choice Energy Program (CCE). In 2018, The City of San Luis Obispo entered into an agreement with a new iteration of SLO Clean Energy: The Climate Action Task Force, known as the SLO Climate Coalition. This coalition of residents and businesses will help the city achieve their goal to emit zero carbon emissions via CCE, Electric Vehicle charging stations and community outreach.

The university partners on this effort by providing technical support from the Energy Utilities and Sustainability department Director and Program Analyst.

https://carbonfreeslo.org/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Poly Canyon Ventures

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’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

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):
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 (3rd partnership):

Poly Canyon Ventures is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded by Cal Poly students and managed by Cal Poly Alumni. PCV provides high-impact Cal Poly student-led startups with funding, consulting, and other resources to help them grow and thrive. PCV is accelerating cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship at Cal Poly through the Climate Changer's Fund in partnership with SLO Mayor Heidi Harmon and the Cal Poly Department of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability.

The Energy Utilities and Sustainability department has committed $10K per year for up to 5 years and received a funding match from campus leadership. There is an MOU in place to ensure this agreement is adhered to.


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

See attached for the official PCV MOU


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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