Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.77
Liaison Susan Kaspari
Submission Date July 16, 2022

STARS v2.2

Central Washington University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Susan Kaspari
Professor
Geological Sciences
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Yakima River Clean-Up partnerships

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?:
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? :
No

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability:

The Yakima River Clean-Up brings together volunteers and partners from all over the community to work on a wide range of projects in the Yakima River Canyon and the surrounding Ellensburg community. This annual event has service activities including trail restoration, litter removal, and campsite renovation. Community partners include the Bureau of Land Management, the City of Ellensburg, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Kittitas Environmental Education Network, and Kittitas County Solid Waste, and Mid Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group
https://www.dailyrecordnews.com/news/a-tradition-renewed-cwu-students-take-part-in-yakima-river-cleanup/article_bb838185-599f-5950-9a03-6a74d4882d69.html


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

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):
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (2nd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):

The APOYO (Allied People Offering Year-Round Outreach) Food Pantry is an all-volunteer 501 (c)(3) organization that provides ethnically sensitive food and other resources to support a diverse population in Central Washington, many of whom are Mexican immigrants. Since 2001, APOYO has operated on Central Washington University’s (CWU) Ellensburg Campus. During CWU and APOYO’s twenty-year relationship the two organizations have partnered on academic and community engagement, and many CWU students and employees volunteer at APOYO.
https://apoyofoodbank.org


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group

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? (3rd partnership):
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (3rd partnership):
No

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):

CWU has partnered since 2008 to restore Wilson Creek, which runs through CWU's campus. Projects have included habitat and floodplain restoration, daylighting the creek, educational signage, and a partnership with Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group and CWU grounds employees, students and professors. Most recent areas of restoration during this STARS reporting cycle are upstream of the SMaCC, in the SURC parking lot, and the addition of educational signage to the Munson site.

http://midcolumbiafisheries.org


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

A list of CWU's community partnerships is provided in the below link. Partnerships that support sustainability efforts include the American Red Cross, Catholic Family and Child Services, the City of Ellensburg, Conservation Northwest, Discovery Lab School, Elmview, the FISH Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, HopeSource, Kittitas Community Network, Kittitas County Farmers Market, Kittitas Environmental Education Network, the Salvation Army, US Forest Service, and numerous partnerships with surrounding schools.


Website URL where information about the institution’s community partnerships to advance sustainability is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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