Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.19
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Colgate University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Pamela Gramlich
Sustainability Office Program Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Hamilton Climate Action Working Group

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’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership supports at least one, but not all three, dimensions of sustainability

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

The Hamilton Climate Action Working Group is the product of the collaborative effort of The Elected Officials from the Town and Village of Hamilton; Community Affairs & Auxiliary Services at Colgate University; Hamilton Business Alliance; CNY Regional Planning and Development Board; Madison County Planning Board; Partnership for Community Development; Faculty from Colgate University and Morrisville State College; Senior Administration Colgate University; The Office of Sustainability at Colgate University; and, The Director of the Upstate Institute at Colgate University.

This partnership works to mitigate CO2 emissions produced within the community while exploring the ways in which we can alleviate the risks associated with unavoidable changes in climate through climate adaptive programs. Together, these initiatives work towards building a more resilient community.

https://sites.google.com/a/colgate.edu/hamilton-climate-group/


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

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):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

Colgate's Upstate Institute provides connections between the university and the regional community to engage students, faculty, staff, and residents in research and a reciprocal transfer of knowledge. Our projects provide a model of community collaboration and civic engagement for our students and within higher education. The projects contribute to building an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable Central New York. The Institute values scholarly collaboration as a way to support the Upstate New York region.

There is a community board, representing various groups within the region, involved in the planning and decision-making process for the group.

http://www.colgate.edu/centers-and-institutes/upstate-institute


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance - VITA

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’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership supports at least one, but not all three, dimensions of sustainability

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):

Student volunteers power our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, in which we file income taxes for low-income families in Madison and Chenango Counties free of charge, while students gain practical real-world experience.

The C.A.S.H. Coalition of Madison and Chenango Counties is a collaboration of the following community organizations:
IRS
Madison County Department of Social Services (DSS)
Chenango United Way
Opportunities for Chenango (OFC)
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chenango County Department of Social Services
AARP Tax Aide
NBT Bank
Madison RSVP

http://www.colgate.edu/academics/departments-and-programs/economics/vita


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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