Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.98
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

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 :
Carlisle Community Action Network

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?:
Sustainability-related

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability:

Founded by Dickinson College President Margee M. Ensign when she became president in 2017, the Carlisle Community Action Network (CAN) comprises more than 90 people representing a vital and broad cross-section of community leadership—education, business, human services, faith communities, healthcare, law enforcement, government and military. Its members have met weekly via Zoom throughout the pandemic to solve urgent and emerging community issues; to share vital information and resources in real time; and to proactively address the local impact of national issues such as systemic racism, food, job and housing insecurities and political divisiveness. Its members firmly believe the CAN serves as a national model for community collaboration. In May, CAN received the 2020 Heart & Soul Hero award from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. It has also garnered significant regional media attention for its accomplishments.

Recent outcomes from the group include a series of public health campaigns, raising over $100,000 to support COVID-19 emergency relief, the creation of multi-pronged approach to summer youth care, a community anti-racism education series, and spinoff of the Carlisle Business Equity Initiative. A few of the many partners in the CAN include the Borough of Carlisle, the Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce, Partnership for Better Health, Hope Station, and Sadler Health.

https://www.dickinson.edu/news/article/4286/carlisle_s_community_action_network_and_dickinson_leaders_honored_for_service_during_pandemic


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Spanish for Health Professionals

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):
Sustainability-related

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (2nd partnership):
No

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):

In partnership with Keystone Health, Dickinson’s Spanish for Health Professionals course has worked to provide healthcare packages, translation services, and meaningful interaction with migrant agricultural workers in Adams County, PA. Packages, which include over-the-counter remedies for minor ailments and hygiene concerns faced by workers, are delivered by Dickinson students who use the opportunity to engage in conversations and register the recipients with the Agricultural Worker Program (AWP) at Keystone Health. The AWP provides access to more extensive medical services. This partnership has been in place for over ten years, and Dickinson pairs its own financial contributions with external grant funding to cover the costs of the health packages distributed through the program. Under the leadership of Professor Asunción Arnedo, students gain valuable Spanish language experience using specific medical vocabulary while offering meaningful conversation opportunities to workers who often feel isolated because of language barriers and distance from their home communities and families.

http://blogs.dickinson.edu/spanishhealth2020/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Environmental Justice in PA

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? (3rd partnership):
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (3rd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):

Through the work of Professor Heather Bedi, Dickinson has taken an active role in conversations about environmental justice in Pennsylvania. Bedi serves on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Justice Advisory Board, which is convened by the Office of Environmental Justice, and on the commonwealth-wide Environmental Justice Symposium organizing committee. The board, through a network of partners, is working to develop statewide awareness and action around environmental justice issues and will convene a statewide EJ symposium in spring 2021. The symposium, organized by a network of community representatives, will provide opportunities for diverse EJ stakeholders in Pennsylvania to learn about and actively participate in EJ practice and policy. The symposium aspires to promote regional EJ coalitions to identify environmental bads and solutions to promote justice across the state. Dickinson College will host a south-central Pennsylvania community hub as part of the symposium. Dickinson’s Civic Engagement Fund will provide financial support to the network partners for a hub facilitator and for a web developer, who will capture data and products from collaborators and students documenting environmental injustices, sharing strategies to address injustices, and building a broader network around EJ goals.

https://www.dickinson.edu/events/event/12475/the_state_of_environmental_justice_in_pennsylvania

https://www.dickinson.edu/news/article/4291/dickinson_college_students_share_research_on_environmental_issues_in_their_communities

https://www.dep.pa.gov/PublicParticipation/EnvironmentalJustice/Pages/default.aspx


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

Dickinson College possesses strong partnerships with many local organizations, businesses, and government entities that create civic engagement opportunities and advance sustainability goals. Dickinson’s commitment to sustainability encompasses investments and collaborations that promote sustainability goals in the local community and the region. Dickinson works with local partners to build and sustain a robust local economy, make Carlisle more bicycle and pedestrian friendly, improve access to health care, promote sustainable farming, provide food and clothing to neighbors in need, protect local streams and protect local air quality. 



Examples of community partnerships that advance sustainability include (https://www.dickinson.edu/info/20052/sustainability/2489/local_community):

Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly Streets
Dickinson helped Carlisle Borough obtain a $2.8 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for the Road Diet, a project that reduced traffic lanes through downtown Carlisle, added bike lanes, and calmed traffic. The Road Diet grant leveraged additional grant funds of nearly $200,000 for upgrades to the LeTort Nature Trail. The impetus for these projects was a $50,000 traffic study paid for by Dickinson College.

Carbon Offsets for Hawk Mountain
Dickinson partnered with Cool Effect, a nonprofit founded by a Dickinson family, to provide an opportunity for members of the Dickinson community to purchase carbon offsets on behalf of the college. Carbon offsets purchased through this initiative will reduce Dickinson’s net emissions by funding a forestry project at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary on the Kittatinny Ridge, just 80 miles from campus.

Carlisle Area School District (CASD)
Dickinson is composting food waste from the CASD at our Dickinson College Farm. To date, this program has diverted hundreds of pounds of CASD food waste from the landfill and has allowed the college to expand their compost program. The Center for Sustainability Education has consulted with CASD teachers and the Green Club on how to incorporate sustainability into their classrooms, teaching, and programs. The CASD has used Dickinson’s plastic bag recycling program as a model to create their own. The College Farm offers Farm, Cook, Eat a sustainable cooking program to elementary students in the district.

Farmers on the Square
The Dickinson Organic Farm worked with other farmers and partners to establish a farmers' market that operates in downtown Carlisle spring through fall, and on the Dickinson campus in winter. The market provides the community with fresh produce, dairy, meats and other products from within a 50-mile radius. The Dickinson farm also supplies farm produce to 80 families who are members of its Campus Supported Agriculture program.

Food and Clothing for Neighbors in Need
Project S.H.A.R.E, an interfaith social service agency founded and directed by a Dickinson alumna, operates rent free on the Dickinson campus to provide food, clothing, and nutritional education to individuals and families in need. In addition to providing 10,000 square feet of rent-free space to Project S.H.A.R.E, the Dickinson Farm donates produce, and many members of the Dickinson community donate time and money to the organization.

Environmental Education
The Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) partners with local K-12 teachers and youth-based organizations to teach students of all ages and abilities about aquatic ecosystems and connect them to their local environment. Lesson plans are adjusted based on student age and the needs of teachers and partner organizations, with an emphasis on local connections and community engagement.

High I Partnership
Based on a recommendation from the CivicVisions report, the High I Partnership (HIP) was created in January 2006. The HIP, co-chaired by President Bill Durden, is comprised of local business, community, educational and governmental leaders. The Partnership acts as a catalyst for development, a forum for discussion, and a means to harness resources to transform Carlisle into a vibrant and sustainable 21st century downtown. HIP engaged a consultant to conduct a retail study for Carlisle that resulted in the Downtown Carlisle Association (DCA) hiring a retail coordinator to recruit businesses to the downtown. Dickinson paid the $100,000 cost of the study and community partners paid $95,000 for the initial salary and other expenses of the marketing initiative.

Outreach and Education at the Dickinson College Farm
Dickinson's 90-acre organic certified farm, a living laboratory for the college, hosts a variety of programs for the wider community. Monthly Sustainability Workshops, offered in partnership with the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), provides fun, hands-on learning about homesteading, homemaking and backyard conservation. Farm, Cook, Eat teaches elementary school children about healthy food and land stewardship.

Stormwater Education and Watershed Protection
Dickinson's Alliance for Aquatic Resources Monitoring (ALLARM) partners with the Borough of Carlisle, Cumberland Valley Trout Unlimited and the LeTort Regional Authority to educate the public about stormwater runoff and its effects on the Letort Spring Run, and promote stream-conscious behaviors to protect and improve the local watershed.

Trail Network
Dickinson College joined with Carlisle Borough in providing matching funds of $25,000 and $60,000 respectively to leverage $740,000 in state and other grants to extend and connect a network of biking and walking trails in the Borough.

U-Turn
At the end of each school year, Dickinsonians donate unwanted items, appliances, furniture, and clothing to collection centers in residences and the HUB. The donations are then sold at "Carlisle's Largest Community Yard Sale," the U-Turn Sale. The event takes place at Carlisle Fairgrounds and all of the proceeds go to the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County. U-Turn encourages environmental and social sustainability by encouraging reuse, cutting down landfill use during move-out, and providing affordable goods to the local community. The sale consistently raises over $15,000 for United Way.


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