Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.56
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date Oct. 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

Colgate University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Hamilton Climate Preparedness Working Group (HCPWG)

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 Hamilton Climate Preparedness Working Group (HCPWG) brings together representatives 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; 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 climate change impacts. Together, these initiatives work towards building a more climate-resilient community.

In 2020, the Town and Village of Hamilton received NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's Climate Smart Communities certification.

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


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):
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):

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. Upstate Institute's 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? (3rd partnership):
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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):

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

https://www.colgate.edu/academics/departments-programs/department-economics/volunteer-program


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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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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