Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.57
Liaison Noah Upchurch
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Catawba College
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Noah Upchurch
Senior Sustainability Specialist
Center for the Environment
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):
Catawba College is a participant in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and is a signatory to Second Nature's President's Climate Leadership Commitments.

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

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):
The College attends and has participated in the Appalachian Energy Summit, which is an event that builds and cultivates a network of energy innovators across policy and academia for the state of North Carolina and has been held annually since 2012. Since its inception, the Appalachian Energy Summit has brought together sustainability leaders to address energy and sustainability needs and share knowledge about breakthrough technologies impacting the clean technology and sustainability space. The Summit provides an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty of the College to work with their counterparts from colleges and universities across the state while keeping abreast of policy and technology changes that may benefit our campus and society at large.

More information about the summit can be found at: https://sustain.appstate.edu/initiatives/energy-summit/

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

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):
Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education (GCSHE): Dr. Mercedes Quesada-Embid, Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainability presented "Radical Voices: How Students Want to Learn" at the 2022 conference.

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

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):
In the 2021-2022 academic year, AASHE awarded Catawba College its inaugural and international Racial Equity and Sustainability Collaborations award for the work of the Equity, Diversity, Justice, and Inclusion (EDJI) Task Force led by co-chairs Dr. Mercedes Quesada-Embid and Dr. ChaMarra Saner. The EDJI Task Force was formed to build a campus community where all members thrive by working to cultivate critical conversations and practices that close opportunity gaps and promote equity, diversity, justice, and inclusion on our campus and in the larger community.

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

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):
Brad Ives, Executive Director, Center for the Environment:
Second Nature Offsets Advisory Council (Council Member).

Joe Poston, Chair, Department of Biology, Professor of Biology:
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee (Committee Member), Scientific Council for Birds in North Carolina (Council Member).

Sue Calcagni, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science:
Carolinas Society of Environmental Toxicologists (Vice-President, Board of Directors).

Mercedes Quesada-Embid, Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainability:
NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Committee Chair (Executive Committee),
Reimagining America Project (Environmental Justice Commissioner), AASHE Advisory Council (Council Member), Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (Programs Committee Member), Actionable Science for Urban Sustainability (Executive Planning Committee Member).

NC CLEAN AIRE Conference Planning Board: four employees of the College, Cathy Green, John Wear, Brad Ives, and Mercedes Quesada-Embid serve or have served on the Planning Committee.

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?:
No

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
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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?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :
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Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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