Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.48
Liaison Spencer Gray
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

College of the Atlantic
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Andrea Russell
Sustainability Coordinator and Community Energy Center Program Manager
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

AASHE - Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
AESS - Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences
SHE - Society for Human Ecology
PLAN - Post Landfill Action Network


Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Maine Clean Communities
GCCM - Green Campus Consortium of Maine
Drive Electric Maine


Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):


Faculty, staff, and students have presented at several conferences related to sustainability in the past year. A couple examples include:

Anna Demeo (the college’s previous Director of Energy Education and Management) and Jay Friedlander (the Director of COA’s Sustainable Business program) presented at the AASHE conference in Washington, DC in October 2016 on sustainability in the college curriculum.

Anna Demeo and Jay Friedlander also gave presentations at the Community, Culture, and Conservation conference at Colby College in March 2016.

Jay Friedlander presented his sustainability oriented business model, called the Abundance Cycle, at the annual Arctic Circle Assembly (an international forum for dialogue concerning the future of the Arctic) in Reykjavík, Iceland in 2017.

Lisa Bjerke MPhil ‘17 (a previous graduate student and Director of Discarded Resources) gave a keynote presentation at PLAN's 3rd Annual Zero Waste Conference in November 2016.


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
No

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):
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Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Several faculty serve on the board and conference planning committees of the International Society for Human Ecology (SHE).

Several other examples can be found in the "Support for Research" section of this submission.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

COA is partnering with Ashoka Japan to establish a college of human ecology in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, and has completed two summer intensives (called the “HELIO” program) where students and faculty collaborate on the planning process.

COA is assisting the Samsø Energy Academy, in Denmark, in developing extended learning programs to help support their existing sustainability education initiatives.


Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

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

COA is part of the EcoLeague Consortium of green colleges. Each year COA participates in the planning for exchanges, short courses, and administrative efforts for the EcoLeague. In summer 2016 COA hosted the EcoLeague retreat on the college campus; administrators from the six member colleges, particularly academic and admission officers, convened to collaborate on a number of joint initiatives.

Adjunct faculty member and trustee Ron Beard taught his recurring course “Collaborative Leadership” in Winter 2017, where students worked with the City of Ellsworth Green Plan Working Group to offer recommendations on creating a collaborative planning process.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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