Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.49
Liaison Amy Elvidge
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Emerson College
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Duncan Pollock
AVP Campus Services
Campus Services
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Green Ribbon Commission Higher Education Working Group

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:

The Boston Green Ribbon Commission is a group of business, institutional, and civic leaders in Boston working to develop shared strategies for fighting climate change in coordination with the City’s Climate Action Plan.
The Higher Education Working Group represents the unique constituency of large research and residential campuses in Boston and neighboring cities. Colleges and universities have a significant footprint in the City, as well as a particular set of sustainability challenges, including large-scale energy procurement and management, and resiliency planning for diverse communities of tens of thousands of students, faculty, and staff. The intellectual capacity of the higher education sector provides a source of expertise, motivation, and collaboration for the other members of the Green Ribbon Commission, City of Boston and its Climate Action Plan.

Participating Colleges and Universities:
Boston College Boston University
Emerson College Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Northeastern University
Tufts University University of Massachusetts, Boston

The HEWG is managed by the Harvard University Office of Sustainability and focuses on the following strategies to help its members share and adopt best practices in climate mitigation and adaptation:
Sharing Best Practices: Develop multiple formats for best practice sharing, including workshops and a limited online clearinghouse.
Leveraging Faculty Expertise and Research: Utilizing faculty expertise and research to inform planning and implementation of climate strategies.
Streamlining Reporting: Explore ways to streamline reporting for consistent analysis and benchmarking.

2016 HEWG Main Topic Areas of Focus
Energy use in labs (“green labs”)
Communications/resources for campuses related to renewable energy installation and purchasing.
Technical input to the Climate Ready Boston project

http://www.greenribboncommission.org/work/higher-education-working-group/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium

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):

The Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium was established in 2004 to advance education and action for sustainable development on university campuses in the northeast and maritime region. Emerson College participates in the consortium, along with numerous other campuses that range from public and private institutions in the city, to rural community colleges, to trade schools.

https://necsc.wordpress.com


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Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
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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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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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