Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.45
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 1, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Dickinson College
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Neil Leary
Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Greater Carlisle Project

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 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? (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:

Dickinson College co-founded the Greater Carlisle Project (GCP) in 2012 in collaboration with a number of community organizations. The GCP Steering Committee is composed of representatives of the Carlisle and Cumberland County United Way, the Greater Carlisle Chamber of Commerce, the Partnership for Better Health, Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation, other community organizations and Dickinson staff and administrators. Representatives of underrepresented groups and vulnerable populations are included as full members.The Steering Committee is chaired by a member of Dickinson College's President's staff. Dickinson's Center for Sustainability Education provides administrative support for the GCP, maintains the GCP website and engages students in GCP projects through community-based research courses and supervised research projects.

The Greater Carlisle Project is an unincorporated nonprofit association of 50 organizations, faith groups, schools, businesses and local governments working together to improve the quality of life for all people in the communities of the Greater Carlisle Area. Our approach is to enhance long-term social, economic and environmental sustainability by connecting and enhancing community assets. The communities of the Greater Carlisle Area include Carlisle, Dickinson, Middlesex, Mount Holly Springs, Newville, North Middleton, South Middleton, and West Pennsboro. The Greater Carlisle Project provides a forum for members of these communities to voice ideas for the future of our region, increases the visibility of efforts and organizations that are making our communities more sustainable, collects and shares information, helps member organizations to locate, access and mobilize resources, champions initiatives and projects, and celebrates successes.

Information about GCP can be found online: http://greatercarlisleproject.dickinson.edu/,

A February 2018 article in the NACUBO Business Officers' Magazine highlighted one of GCP's projects: https://www.businessofficermagazine.org/features/joining-forces/.


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

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):

Project SHARE is a faith-based food pantry that provides nutritious food, nutrition education and other services to more than 1000 families each month. Project SHARE, founded in 1985 by a Dickinson graduate, has grown to become one of the critical community service organizations in Carlisle. The Project SHARE farm stand and gleaning program provide low income families and individuals access to fresh grown produce. Dickinson provides physical space for Project SHARE's offices, food storage, food distribution events and teaching kitchen as well as other financial and material support. Numerous Dickinson courses engage students in the work of Project SHARE through service learning, and many students, staff and faculty volunteer at Project SHARE. Most of Dickinson's cardboard waste is collected by Project SHARE, which bales and sells the cardboard, providing a revenue stream to help support their programs.


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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):
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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):
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A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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