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

STARS v2.2

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 currently a member of a national or international higher education 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
U.S. Chapter of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network
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
United Nations Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
We Are Still In Network

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

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

Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative
Chesapeake Bay Program's Data Integration Network
Commuter Services of Central Pennsylvania
Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds
Cumberland Conservation Collaborative
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 higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:

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

AASHE 2020 Virtual Conference, Dickinson gave two presentations:
- Ken Shultes presented on Dickinson higher education partnership virtual PPA.
- Lindsey Lyons presented on best practices for sustainability across the curriculum.

Lindsey Lyons, Forum of Education Abroad Conference, Facilitated Critical Dialog for Environmental Sustainability in Global Education, April 20, 2020

Neil Leary, Local Climate Governance – Setting the Stage.” Organizer, moderator and speaker, Community Climate Action Forum Series sponsored by the Cumberland Conservation Collaborative, Dickinson College and others, Oct 20, 2020.

Neil Leary, “Municipal Rules – Where Real Action Happens.” Organizer, moderator and speaker, Community Climate Action Forum Series sponsored by the Cumberland Conservation Collaborative, Dickinson College and others, Dec 8, 2020,

Neil Leary, “Pick Your Portion: Educating for Behavior Change.” BE.Hive Campus Summit: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change, Dickinson College, October 5, 2019.

Jenn Halpin, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s Sustainable Agriculture Conference. November 5, 2020. Experiential Farmer Training Programs

Jenn Halpin & Matt Steiman. PASA Sustainable Agriculture Farming for the Future Conference, Lancaster PA; "Sustainable Agriculture Leadership Award acceptance speech" February 27, 2020.

Julie Vastine, “Fostering a Healthy Productive Team” Chesapeake Bay Forum, 2020. Virtual presenter

Julie Vastine, “Study Design: Developing an effective water monitoring program” PA Watershed Specialist Conference, 2020 Virtual presenter

Julie Vastine, “Introduction to Community Science & Stream Monitoring” PA Master Naturalist Program, 2020. Virtual presenter

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

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

Dickinson submitted a case study to the AASHE HUB in 2020 to be considered for the AASHE sustainability awards.

Multi-Campus Collaboration Kickstarts Solar Project to Cut 100% of GHG Emissions from Electricity

The later won the 2020 AASHE Campus Sustainability Achievement Award for institutions with under 10,000 FTE enrollment.

Has the institution had employees or students 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):

Dickinson chairs/directs the overall coordination of the EcoLeague Consortium.

Ken Shultes, current executive member of the board, Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium.

Julie Vastine, Volunteer Monitoring representative, National Water Quality Monitoring Council

Julie Vastine, Secretary & Fundraising Chair, Citizen Science Association

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 is a leader amongst the network for AASHE's 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.

We have a consistent, postive, mentoring relationship with Furman University.

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 employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data 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 reviews 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, York College of Pennsylvania on an informal basis.

We have reviewed others data on a credit basis, but not the full report.

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

Dickinson has a major leadership in coordinating the Ecoleague. It is the only college consortium in the United States dedicated to sustainability education and the active pursuit of environmental studies within a liberal-arts framework. www.dickinson.edu/ecoleague

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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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