Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.39
Liaison Lynn Stoddard
Submission Date Dec. 31, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Eastern Connecticut State University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Daniel Simpson
Environmental Intern
Institute for Sustainable Energy
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

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

ECSU President Nunez is the Vice-Chair of Second Nature's Climate Leadership Steering Committee. Second Nature is committed to accelerating climate action in, and through, higher education. The Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments is a signature program of Second Nature which comprises more than 600 colleges and universities in every state and the District of Columbia who have committed to take action on climate and prepare students through research and education to solve the challenges of the 21st century. Second Nature has released the following statement of purpose:

Led by Presidents and Chancellors from a diverse array of higher education institutions, the Climate Leadership Network is committed to mobilizing the sector’s knowledge and practical expertise to accelerate global climate action, rapidly reduce carbon pollution, and increase institutional and community resilience to climate hazards.


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

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

The Connecticut Alliance for Campus Sustainability (see link below). The Institute for Sustainable Energy at ECSU co-chairs the Alliance with Yale University's Office of Sustainability.


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

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

On June 5th 2018 Lynn Stoddard, director of Eastern's Institute for Sustainable Energy, presented at the NE Campus Sustainability Consortium Conference on: "Sustainable CT, Collaborating with campuses to support Connecticut Communities."


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
No

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

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

The Connecticut Alliance for Campus Sustainability was formed in 2014 and is co-chaired by Eastern Connecticut State University's Institute for Sustainable Energy and Yale University's Office of Sustainability. The Alliance has statewide outreach via a maintained list serve and organizes annual event, including two annual themed workshops and one annual campus sustainability conference.
Additionally, ECSU President Nunez is the Vice-Chair of Second Nature's Steering Committee. Second Nature is committed to accelerating climate action in, and through, higher education.


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?:
No

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
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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?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

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

During the summer of 2018, the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern (ISE), through its Sustainable CT program, ran the Sustainable CT Fellows program. This program was a collaborative sustainability initiative that shared resources with CT's 9 regional planning agencies (Councils of Governments - COGs), to provide sustainability support services to all 169 towns in CT. Specifically, ISE recruited, selected, and paid 12 students from colleges and universities throughout CT to assist towns with Sustainable CT actions. The Fellows were embedded in the COG offices where the COG staff provided office space and daily supervision during the Fellows' full-time, 10-week placement.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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This information was input by ISE Intern Daniel Simpson

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