Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.21
Liaison Jennifer McMillin
Submission Date July 28, 2020

STARS v2.2

Cleveland State University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jennifer McMillin
Director of Sustainability
Facilities l Architect l Safety l Technology
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Cleveland 2030 District

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:

CSU has partnered with the Cleveland 2030 District to support the goal of creating high-performance building districts throughout Greater Cleveland with the goal of dramatically reducing the environmental impacts of building construction and operations.
http://www.2030districts.org/cleveland/partners

Cleveland State University is an Affiliate Sponsor of the Cleveland 2030 District
http://www.2030districts.org/cleveland/supporters


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Sustainable Cleveland 2019

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):

Sustainable Cleveland is a 10-year initiative that engages people from all walks of life, working together to design and develop a thriving and resilient Cleveland region that leverages its wealth of assets to build economic, social and environmental well-being for all. People from every walk of life will work together to shape vibrant livable communities, innovative businesses, and a flourishing natural environment that will result in health, wealth, creativity, and economic opportunities for all.

Sustainable Cleveland 2019 is guided by Mayor Frank Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland Stewardship Council which includes members of the CSU community.

CSU provides funding in the form of sponsorship to the annual Cleveland Sustainability Summit.

http://www.sustainablecleveland.org/sustainable_cleveland


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Cleveland Water Alliance

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):
Not Sure

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

The Cleveland Water Alliance (CWA) is a network of leading corporations, academic institutions and public agencies from across Northeast Ohio. The mission is focused on fostering economic growth related to water through education and outreach, research and development, and sound public policy. Together, CWA creates conversations and connections that drive solutions to one of the most critical issues for quality of life on our planet - water quality and access. Cleveland State University is a founding partner of CWA. Dr. Wendy Kellogg (Levin College) is a member of the Program Committee, which oversees the substantive activities of the CWA.
https://clevelandwateralliance.org/

Erie Hack is an innovation challenge that accelerates technology solutions to Lake Erie’s most pressing problems. The program is led by the Cleveland Water Alliance in collaboration with partners in Detroit, Toledo, Ohio, Erie, Pa., Buffalo, N.Y. and Windsor, Ontario. Together these partners engage the region’s best minds to work for our most precious resource.
A team of Cleveland State University students formed to compete in Erie Hack, a regional innovation challenge with a goal of solving issues facing Lake Erie. The team has developed an idea using blockchain technology and will pitch it to judges April 6 in the first round of competition.
Cleveland State’s participation in the challenge began with Jay Schach, an adjunct professor in the Monte Ahuja College of Business. In the fall 2018 semester, Schach challenged students in his entrepreneurship classes (MGT 543/443) to come up with ideas for Erie Hack in collaboration with geology students at Case Western Reserve University.


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

Cleveland Tree Coalition
The City of Cleveland has partnered with CSU in addition to a collaborative group of public, private, and community stakeholders to create the Cleveland Tree Coalition in order to rebuild the urban forest. Rebuilding the urban forest will improve air quality and improve the welcoming atmosphere of the communities in Cleveland.
https://www.sustainablecleveland.org/cleveland_tree_coalition

Campus District
The Campus District is home to three anchor institutions: Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. Campus District Inc. and CSU advance sustainability through their efforts to elevate the district into a dynamic downtown Cleveland neighborhood where private sector investments are matched by public infrastructure improvements, schools provide high quality education, residents and visitors enjoy ample amenities, businesses and residents are attracted and retained, and the concepts of sustainability are implemented in the community. Initiatives have included LED lighting, art, neighborhood connectivity, and improved bicycle and pedestrian pathways.
https://campusdistrict.org/

CSU Sustainable Business Center
The Sustainable Business Center at the Monte Ahuja College of Business offers current and future business leaders a multidisciplinary approach to learning and implementing sustainability initiatives. Real and immediate value is added through connections to cutting-edge research, graduate students and other opportunities for Northeast Ohio businesses to initiate service-learning projects with business students. This connection to research, teaching, learning, and business outreach delivers multiple benefits to businesses, faculty and students.
https://business.csuohio.edu/sustainability/sustainability


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