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

STARS v2.2

Central Washington University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Kathleen Klaniecki
Sustainability Coordinator
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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):

Central Washington University is an active member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

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):

WAHESC: Washington Higher Education Sustainability Consortium
Website: https://wahesc12.wixsite.com/website
The Washington Higher Education Sustainability Coalition (WAHESC) is a network of faculty and staff from colleges and universities in our state. WAHESC provides monthly conference calls to build connections between institutions and support a growing community within higher ed working on sustainability programs and broadening the conversations to include social and environmental justice, social responsibility and inclusion.

SPNR: Sustainability Partnership of the Northern Rockies
SPNR is a compilation of universities and colleges who have come together because of bioregional similarities in order to advance the sustainability of these organizations in hopes to promote the entire sustainability of the bioregion itself. The bioregion that this group encompasses is Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, and Montana as they share many of the same base resources used to sustain life.

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):

Three CWU groups presented at the 2022 Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC). Program available at: https://www.wohesc.org/program/
1. "CWU Sustainability Certificate and OSU Sustainability Engagement Program": CWU presenters were Susan Kaspari, Clay Arango, and Kathleen Klaniecki.
2. "How to Strengthen Innovative, Interdisciplinary Sustainability Programs Through an Applied IT Sustainability Minor/Certificate": CWU presenters were Susan Rivera, Kevin Lomax, Robert Lupton, Kurt Kirstein and Elizabeth Fountain.
3. Closing Workshop: CWU presenter was Kathleen Klaniecki

At the 2021 WOHESC a CWU group presented: "Sustaining a University Relationship with an Independent Food Pantry that Serves a Primarily Immigrant Population as Well as Students". Since 2001, the APOYO food pantry has served a diverse population from Central Washington University facilities. The partnership almost came to a halt in early 2020, when APOYO’s building lease was not renewed by the university. In this talk, we’ll discuss the partnerships and advocacy work that was critical for maintaining APOYO’s operations and the plans for enhancing collaboration and program impact moving forward.

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):

A Central Washington University team entered a head-to-head contest in the 2022 Intentional Endowments Network's (IEN) Student Corporate Engagement Competition. The submitted written recommendations and engagement strategies were entered into IEN and SIILK Network's Education Center and Resource Library.


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):

Kathleen Klaniecki, CWU Sustainability Coordinator, is a member of the Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) Program Committee. She has served in this role for both the 2021 and 2022 WOHESC conference.

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:

Kathleen Klaniecki, CWU Sustainability Coordinator, participated in the AASHE Mentorship & Peer Collaboration Program during the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 academic years.

Kathleen Klaniecki, CWU Sustainability Coordinator, participated in a peer collaboration relationship with Dallas College (Dallas, TX) during the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 academic years. The two institutions provide peer support and collaborate on topics such as sustainability reporting, sustainability programming, and GHG reporting.

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:

Kathleen Klaniecki, CWU Sustainability Coordinator, provided a peer review of Dallas College's (Dallas, TX) December 2021 AASHE STARS submission. This peer review also included an extensive review of their GHG emissions inventory, utilizing a new methodology for higher education GHG inventory review.

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

1. CWU employees Kathleen Klaniecki, Joanne Hillemann, and Doug Ryder participated in a Washington State higher education collaborative that submitted comments during The Clean Buildings Act (HB 1257) rulemaking. This group shaped how the law addressed and regulated district heating and cooling systems common on Washington university campuses. This collaborative has continued with regular meetings to discuss strategies for implementing the EUI standards regulated by HB1257.

2. CWU Sustainability participated in two collaborative WAHESC inter-campus events in 2020 and 2021. The 2020 event was an Earth Day Virtual Conference with the theme 'Taking Action for Climate Change Solutions' that featured 10 presentations from various Washington HEIs. The 2021 event was titled 'SUSTAINABILITY AT HOME--An inter-campus event organized by WAHESC' that featured students and staff that implemented sustainability actions while at home or socially distanced.

3. CWU Sustainability regularly curates content and publishes the WAHESC newsletter publication. Every other month WAHESC hosts a newsletter sharing the latest sustainability news and updates from universities and colleges across Washington state. Website: https://wahesc12.wixsite.com/website/newsletter

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