Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.21
Liaison Darcy Coughlan
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2021

STARS v2.2

Coastal Carolina University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Darcy Coughlan
Associate Director
Sustain Coastal
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
The United Nations Georgetown RISE Youth Corps

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? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability:
The United Nations Georgetown RISE Youth Corps provides students a work opportunity to work on a project or internship in the county as designed by county leaders, public and private for a pre-specified number of credits that fit within their curriculum. This would be combined with a class led by a CCU instructor with special lectures from county leaders on sustainable development and coastal resilience. This partnership focuses on education and community engagement, land use planning, and climate adaptation and mitigation. It is funded by the Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation in collaboration with Coastal Carolina University. https://www.coastal.edu/georgetownrise/ourwork/

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

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):
Short-term project or event

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):
Coastal Carolina University in partnership with Duke Energy has funded the Smart River Program for the Marine Science Department of CCU. The Smart River Research program will use advanced technology to monitor, gauge, and develop strategies to address flooding in Horry and Georgetown counties. This program’s goal is to understand the dangers and opportunities facing water interaction. The Duke Energy South Carolina State President, Michael Callahan, said “The recent flooding has impacted many lives and we share your concerns for the future. I know we can find long-term solutions that will benefit all of us for years to come” The Duke Energy Foundation through private sector funded $100,000 for the program. Through this funding, it will enable increasing the resolution beyond the regional coverage in place through U.S Geological Survey (USGS) stream flow gauges in tributaries, neighborhoods and areas between USGS gauges. This funding also supports and recognizes the University’s leadership in this important endeavor. https://www.coastal.edu/ccustories/news/news-article/index.php?id=5312

Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Winyah Rivers 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):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
The Waccamaw Riverkeeper program is a program of the Winyah Rivers Alliance partners with the Coastal Carolina University’s Waccamaw Watershed Academy. The Waterkeeper Alliance connects and supports local waterkeeper programs to provide a voice for waterways and their communities worldwide. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and water of the greater Winyah Bay watershed. The Waccamaw Watershed Academy allows faculty and students to monitor water quality in the Waccamaw River. The purpose is to gauge the general health of our water system. Knowing if the water is safe is important to knowing if the fish that is caught is safe to eat or if the water is safe to swim in. https://www.coastal.edu/wwa/waccamawriverkeeper/ https://winyahrivers.org/winyah-rivers-alliance-projects/

A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s community partnerships to advance sustainability is available:
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