Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.09
Liaison Ali Dutton
Submission Date Aug. 22, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Florida International University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Alexandra Dutton
Program Manager
Office of University Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
South Florida Commuter Services

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):
Not Sure

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 South Florida Commuter Assistance Program was founded in 1988 by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to serve as a public information office during the I-95 expansion project. The program has evolved into a one-stop shop for commuter information for programs and services in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties. The program is dedicated to improving traffic conditions by promoting alternatives to drive-alone commuting. FIU has had a formal partnership with SFCS since 2013 that promote and incentivize alternative commute options for the university community. The partnership includes the creation of RideFlag, a custom rideshare mobile application and use of the SFCS Emergency Ride Home Service.

http://www.1800234ride.com


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
SLSC Partnership with Southeast Florida Climate Change Regional Compact

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 counties of Southeast Florida (i.e., Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach) have united in the Southeast Florida Climate Change Regional Compact which has begun to articulate a proactive plan for adapting and building resilience to climate change. Florida International University (FIU) researchers have served as advisors to the compact and have worked with counties to develop specific plans based on sound science and exposure data. At the city level, FIU is working with experts and professionals from the City of Miami Beach to address the implications of rising sea levels within that community. The project will not only inform, and hopefully transform, the city’s outlook for the future, but will also serve as a model for building socio-ecologically resilient systems in vulnerable regions globally.
The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact was executed by Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties in January 2010 to coordinate mitigation and adaptation activities across county lines. The Compact represents a new form of regional climate governance designed to allow local governments to set the agenda for adaptation while providing an efficient means for state and federal agencies to engage with technical assistance and support.
The Compact calls for the Counties to work cooperatively to:
- Develop annual Legislative Programs and jointly advocate for state and federal policies and funding.
- Dedicate staff time and resources to create a Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan to include mitigation and adaptation strategies.
- Meet annually in Regional Climate Summits to mark progress and identify emerging issues.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
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Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
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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:

In addition, FIU supports a Climate Reality Program Campus Corps.


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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