Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 81.45
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 1, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Dickinson College
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Lindsey Lyons
Assistant Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

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

Dickinson is a member of the following:

AASHE Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum
American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment
Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Citizen Science Association
Department of Interior's National Water Quality Monitoring Council
National Council for Science and the Environment
Nitrogen Footprint Tool Network
Our Climate: Higher Education Carbon Pricing Endorsement Initiative
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, recognized observer organization
United Nations Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
We Are Still In Network

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

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

Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative
Chesapeake Bay Program's Data Integration Network
Choose Clean Water Campaign
Commuter Services of Central Pennsylvania
Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds
Cumberland Conservation Collaborative
Greater Carlisle Project
Harrisburg Bicycle Club
Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium
Pennsylvanian Vegetable Growers Association
Rodale Institute
Shale Network
South Mountain Partnership
USGBC, Central Pennsylvania Chapter

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

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

AASHE 2017, Dickinson gave three presentations:
- Ken Shultes presented on how deferred maintenance can be your climate action plan ally
- Marcus Welker presented on increasing diversity in Living Laboratory programs
- Lindsey Lyons presented on combined audience education for co-curricular programs

Halpin, Jenn. 2018. Soil Health Research. PASA Conference.

Lyons, Lindsey. 2017. Dickinson case study of sustainability across the curriculum. Sustainability Curriculum Consortium.

Leary, Neil. 2017. Climate Change: What a President Should Know.” Energy & National Security Seminar, US Army War College, Carlisle, PA.

Leary, Neil. 2017. Local Government and Climate Change. Bosler Library, Carlisle, PA.

Monismith, Jinnie. 2018. Volunteer Monitoring: Building Credibility. National Water Quality Monitoring Council. Webinar Presenter.

Steiman, Matt. 2017. Planning for climate resilience and mitigation on a small farm; FARMDATA for farm records management and citizen science; and renewable energy projects on the farm. Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.

Vastine, Julie. 2017. Citizen Science Stream Monitoring: Collaboration, Engagement, Data Collection," Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum, Binghamton, NY.

Vastine, Julie. 2017. Aquatic Citizen Science: A Sound Investment. Citizen Science Association Conference, St. Paul, MN.

Vastine, Julie. 2017. Volunteer Recruitment & Retention. PA Watershed Conference, State College, PA.

Vastine, Julie. 2017. Assessing the Status of Watershed Programs in Pennsylvania. PA Watershed Conference, State College, PA.

Vastine, Julie. 2017. Chesapeake Monitoring Opportunities. PA Watershed Conference, State College, PA.

Vastine, Julie. 2017. Exploring Tools for Volunteer Recruitment & Engagement. Citizen Science Association. Webinar Presenter.

Vastine, Julie. 2017. Volunteer Monitoring: Starting Strong. National Water Quality Monitoring Council. Webinar Presenter.

Vastine, Julie. 2018. Create a Monitoring Program that Delivers Measurable Results. Waterkeeper Alliance. Webinar Presenter.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Dickinson submitted two case studies to the AASHE HUB in 2017 to be considered for the AASHE sustainability awards.
-The New Eco-Rep Model: Unifying Campus Audiences in Co-Curricular Sustainability Programming
-The Nitrogen Footprint Tool Network: A Multi-Institution Program to Research and Reduce Nitrogen Pollution

The later won the 2017 AASHE Research Award.

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? :

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

In 2017, Dickinson took the 3 year chair appointment for the overall coordination of the EcoLeague Consortium.

Current member and past president of Executive Committee of Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium, an association of 50 PA colleges and universities.

Founder of the Greater Carlisle Project and chair of the the Steering Committee of the Greater Carlisle Project (GCP). The GCP is an association of community organizations, churches, businesses, government agencies and individuals working to make Greater Carlisle a move livable and sustainable community.

Current board member of the USGBC Central Pennsylvania Chapter.

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?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Dickinson was selected as a regional Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. Faculty from other colleges and universities are invited to participate in Dickinson's curriculum development workshop, Valley & Ridge. Participants will be supported in integrating sustainability into the curricula of their home institutions. This program was launched in 2017 and allowed Dickinson to partner and mentor faculty and staff from eight other regional institutions.

The EcoLeague network is a formal demonstration of this relationship among the six member institutions. Dickinson currently serves as the overall coordinator.

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?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Dickinson has participated in the formal external reviews of Macalaster College's Environmental Studies Department, Bucknell University's Center for Sustainability and the Environment and Allegheny College's Environmental Studies department. These review included analysis of sustainability course inventory's, as well as other sustainability research and support data. Additionally, Dickinson has consulted with the University of Richmond, Messiah College and Cornell University's Office's of Sustainability on an informal basis,

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

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

Dickinson chaired the planning committee for the PA Power Dialog, a conference that brought together state officials and 230 students and faculty from 16 PA colleges and universities in April 2016 for dialog about the Clean Power Plan. Most of the conference presenters were students.

Dickinson is a member of the planning committee of the Safe Climate PA conference that will bring together state officials, students and faculty from across the state in April 2017 for dialog about climate change and carbon pricing.

Dickinson is working with Swarthmore, Wesleyan, Pitzer, Our Climate and Citizens' Climate Lobby to lead a national campaign that is asking colleges and universities to endorse carbon pricing.

Dickinson and Messiah College hosted an intern exchange in 2017-18 that allowed representatives from each institution to visit each other's campus, tour programs and meet with student interns.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Dickinson greatly values our partnerships, both formal and informal, that have helped us network locally, nationally and internationally to work collaboratively to improve sustainability in higher education.

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