Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 88.13
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Nov. 7, 2022

STARS v2.2

Colorado State University
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.06 / 5.00 Mary Liang
Assistant Director of Sustainability
Housing and Dining Services
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 1 of this credit (student participation in community service)?:

Total number of students:

Number of students engaged in community service:

Percentage of students engaged in community service:

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)?:

Total number of student community service hours contributed annually:

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student:

Does the institution have a formal program to support employee volunteering during regular work hours?:

A brief description of the institution’s program to support employee volunteering:

Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) at Colorado State University allows employees up to 5 hours per month administrative leave to volunteer in any public school district. The program was developed by Colorado State University Classified Personnel Council in 1995 and is a permanent program open to all Colorado State employees.

School is Cool is a community outreach effort managed and organized by CSU employees that provides backpacks and school supplies to K-12 students who need support in Fort Collins, Wellington, Timnath and LaPorte, and to outlying mountain schools. Since 1992, School Is Cool has helped more than 53,000 children start the school year off right. Last year, the program assisted 2,687 students in 47 schools!

Multiple departments and offices at CSU also sponsor staff volunteer and service activities throughout the year.

Does the institution track the number of employee community service hours contributed through programs it sponsors?:

Total number of employee community service hours contributed annually through programs sponsored by the institution:

Website URL where information about the institution’s community service programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

CSU has several innovative community service programs related to sustainability. One example is our Todos Santos Veterinary Medicine Externship. As a part of this program based out of the CSU Todos Santos Center in Baja California Sur, Mexico, veterinary students work with veterinarians in Mexico, traveling to rural and underserved communities to provide vaccination and spay/neuter surgeries. These services are provided for free and offered in collaboration with non-profit and governmental veterinary partners.

CSU engaged 100% of its student population in community service. The institution does not have an official community service tracking mechanism but 54 university groups and 270 academic course individually submitted service hours across 102,667 students. Given this number is significantly larger than our total student population (37,806), even with some overlap, we are certain this datapoint accounts for all CSU students.

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