Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.16
Liaison Matthew Liesch
Submission Date May 13, 2024

STARS v2.2

Central Michigan University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Eric Urbaniak
Student Reviewer
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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):
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

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):
Mid-Michigan Business and Community Sustainability Partnership and the Michigan Sustainable Business Forum's Michigan Campus Sustainability Collective.

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):

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):
Central Michigan University is a part of multiple sustainability award programs.

Spanning 8 weeks every January to March, CMU participates in the Campus Race to Zero Waste competition that works to benchmark and reduce the amount of waste that the colleges and universities generate. The goal is to increase the diversion rate of items that could be recycled or composted. The results from colleges and universities are then compared across the country. In 2022, CMU came in first place for the category of reducing food waste in large-sized schools.


CMU also participated in the EPA WasteWise Awards in 2020 and 2021. The WasteWise program works to promote the use and reuse of materials over their life cycles. Partners in WasteWise must show how they work to reduce waste, demonstrate environmental stewardship, and integrate sustainable materials management into their waste management operations. In 2020, CMU was the EPA WasteWise's College/University Partner of the Year and in 2021, CMU was a winner for the National WasteWise Narrative Winner for Sustainability Public Education.


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):
Central Michigan University (CMU) is a member of the Michigan Campus Sustainability Collective (MCSC) and students in Central Sustainability (CS) attend their monthly committee meetings. The MCSC wants to collaboratively promote the discussion of sustainability on campus, allow Michigan college/university advocates to engage in new connections, and to connect higher education institutions to resources that are related to the use of campus sustainability.

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:
Central Michigan University has sent students to The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal College to mentor them in participating in the annual Campus Race to Zero Waste competition, and to teach them how to report the data to the CR2ZW Website. These students also did a waste audit of one of the tribal college's dumpsters to obtain a potential diversion rate of materials that should or could have been recycled or composted so the tribal college could investigate how beneficial investing in a composting/recycling program would be for diverting waste from the landfill.

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 :

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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