Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.54
Liaison Tom Hartzell
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

Calvin University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Becky Haney
Associate Professor
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

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


Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

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

Community Sustainability Partnership

Initiative in GR started by the mayor of Grand Rapids, George Heartwell

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

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

River Rally, Cleveland OH, June 2019. (Dr. Heffner, Dr. Warners, Deanne Geelhoed, and Andrea Lubberts)

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

Andrea Lubberts and Deanna Geelhoed nominated Plaster Creek Stewards, under the leadership of Gail Heffner and Dave Warners, for the Urban Waters Learning Network (http://www.urbanwaterslearningnetwork.org/) Signature Award (a national award), by describing a case study of Plaster Creek Stewards' work over the last ten years.

Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:

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

Leadership Team the for Grand Rapids Community Sustainability Partnership (Dr. Heffner).

Groundswell Advisory Council (Grand Valley State University College of Education Watershed Education Initiative) (Dr. Heffner)

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (Dr. Kuperus-Heun)

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?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

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

1. Dr. Warners serves on the Academic Council with other faculty at Christian Colleges through Au Sable Institute.
2. Bi-monthly meetings and collaborative work with other institutions through the Grand Rapids Regional Centre for Expertise (RCE) for Education for Sustainable Develoment by the United Nations University (UNU). Calvin has been a member of the RCE since its inception.

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

This information was gathered through interviews with Dr. Gail Heffner (Director of Community Engagement, co-Director of Plaster Creek Stewards).

For FY 19-20: Yes to mentoring relationship and participating in an audit, collaboration with Hope College.

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