Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.38
Liaison Jeremy King
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Denison University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jeremy King
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the President
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
GROW Licking County

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:

Founded in 2012 as a public-private partnership, GROW Licking County Community Improvement Corporation serves as the community’s front door – welcoming development, connecting resources & increasing opportunities. Denison is a partner and supporter of these efforts. Not only does Grow Licking County focus on attracting new business and employment opportunities, but it also serves to help identify barriers for the community and potential solutions.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Newark Canal Market District

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):

The Newark Canal Market District is an event space, farmers' market, and food hub in Downtown Newark. It is a central piece of Newark's revitalization efforts and Denison has a role on the Board of the organization and has supported it financially. The market is located adjacent to one of Newark's most impoverished neighborhoods and many efforts have been made to provide access to fresh local foods via SNAP benefit programs and food prescriptions. The Board is made up of a number of organizations representing a wide swath of the community and an advisory board also exists that includes many of the communities important stakeholder groups.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Columbus' Smart Cities Smart Columbus Initiative

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 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? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
No

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):

https://smart.columbus.gov - Denison is an accelerator partner in the initiative along with a number of other high profile employers in the region.

As the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) first-ever Smart City Challenge, Columbus was awarded $50 million in grant funding and the designation as America's Smart City. We're "becoming smart" by embracing the reinvention of transportation to accelerate human progress. And with it, taking on the coveted job of teaching cities as they evolve similarly around the world.

Columbus received a total of $50 million in the form of two grants: $40 million from the USDOT and $10 million from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. These dollars provide the seed funding for Smart Columbus—a region-wide Smart City initiative co-led by the City of Columbus and the Columbus Partnership.


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Denison maintains an internal password protected website where most of this information resides. Public access web pages have limited information on this topic.

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